T: Papua New Guinea, Star Mountains, West Sepik, Tel Basin, Camp 2, 2900 m, 8 Apr 1975, J.F.Veldkamp 6369; holo: L; iso: K, NSW.
Perennials, 30–60 cm tall; stems solitary and in small tufts from the creeping rhizome. Cataphylls 3–4; upper cataphylls to 8 (–10) cm long, tight, obtuse without mucro, stramineous above, dull, brown at base. Stem leafless, subterete, ±compressed, slightly twisted, 1–1.5 mm thick, dull-green (or ±greyish green), inconspicuously 30–35 (–50)-striate; subepidermal sclerenchyma strands absent; pith continuous, ±arachnoid, of astericiform cells. Lower bract 5–8.5 cm long, at least twice as long as inflorescence. Inflorescence pseudolateral, 1–3.5 cm long; flowers 3–9, solitary or loosely clustered on a branch. Bracteoles c. 2 mm long, ovate, brownish-membranous. Tepals 5–6 mm long, subequal or inner ones shorter, narrowly lanceolate, acuminate, castaneous with green central band and narrow whitish membranous margins, or margins entirely castaneous-brown. Stamens 6; anthers (1.2–) 1.6–1.8 mm long, 4–4.5× as long as 0.3–0.4 mm filaments; style c. 0.7–1.0 mm long; stigmas c. 1.0–1.3 mm long. Capsule unilocular, triseptate, mature unknown. Seeds unknown. Fig. 146.