T: [in 1839 not indicated, reference given to the 1840 publication] In Emodi montibus ad Punjee, J.F.Royle; holo: LIV.
Perennials, usually (8–) 12–30 (–42) cm tall, loosely caespitose; rhizome slender, ±creeping. Cataphylls 0–1, pale brownish-membranous to purplish; basal leaves 1–2 (–4), usually to 10 cm long (sterile shoots with longer leaves, to 25 cm). Cauline leaves 2–3, length variable, with upper ones usually to 6–10 cm including sheath, ±canaliculate at base, unitubular, remotely septate; septa ±not visible externally; tip ±acute to subobtuse; auricles 1.2–1.7 mm long, obtuse. Lower bract entirely scarious or base herbaceous, stramineous to suffused pale brownish, ovate-acuminate, c. 1.0–1.5 cm long, equalling, or sometimes exceeding inflorescence; other bracts scarious-stramineous, ±ovate-lanceolate, with distinct veins, ±equalling inflorescence. Inflorescence a single (5–) 8–15 (–25)-flowered head usually 1.0–1.8 cm in diam.; pedicels c. 1–2 mm long. Tepals ±equal, 4.0–5.3 mm long, ±whitish to pale stramineous, obtuse to acute. Stamens 6, ±exserted; anthers 1.2–2.0 (–2.2) mm long; filaments 3–5 mm long; style 0.7–1.7 mm long; stigmas 1.5–2.0 mm long. Capsule oblong-ovoid to ellipsoid, acuminate, mucronate, 5.5–6.5 mm long including c. 0.5–1.5 mm mucro, brown to castaneous-brown, shining. Seeds c. 0.6 × 0.2–0.3 mm, or 2.5–3.0 mm including seed-coat; appendages subequal, 0.7–1.0 and 0.8–1.2 mm long. n = 60, P.N.Mehra & S.K.Sachdeva, Cytologia 41: 31–53 (1976), n.v.