Perennials, c. (15–) 18–30 (–40) cm tall, densely caespitose to mat-forming; rhizome short-noded, ±horizontal. Cataphylls 3–6, stramineous-brown; uppermost cataphylls with blade c. 6–10 cm long. Leaves 2–3 per stem, 1–2 arranged bract-like; lowermost leaf usually remote, c. 4–9 cm below inflorescence, usually 5–10 cm long, 0.3–0.8 mm in diam.; next upper leaf ±remote; uppermost leaf subtending inflorescence, ±canaliculate; margins ±without sclerenchyma bands, finely serrulate; dorsal epidermis sparsely papillose; auricles c. 3–4 mm long, lacerate-fimbriate. Inflorescence terminal, reduced to 1 (rarely 2–3) flowers, conspicuously overtopped by leaves. Bracteoles to c. 3 mm long, castaneous with membranous margins, ±lacerate to subentire. Tepals ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, ±equal or outer tepals slightly longer, (4.0–) 4.2–4.8 (–5.2) mm long, light to dark castaneous-brown; margins distinct, membranous-scarious. Stamens 6; anthers 1.4–1.6 mm long, mucronate; filaments c. 0.5–0.7 mm long; style 1.0–1.6 mm long, difficult to distinguish from young capsule mucro; stigmas c. 1.5–1.8 mm long. Capsule trilocular, ellipsoid-ovoid, c. 4.0–5.2 mm long including 1.0–1.3 (–1.5) mm mucro, light castaneous, shiny, ±exceeding perianth. Seeds obliquely ovoid, c. 1.0 × 0.5–0.6 mm, indistinctly reticulate, with two appendages c. 0.3 mm and c. 0.4–0.5 mm long.