Perennials, 8–28 cm tall, caespitose; rhizomes short. Cataphylls short, pale brown; leaves mostly basal and sub-basal, filiform, usually to 20–23 cm long, grooved, canaliculate, bitubular, septate; septa not visible externally; auricles obtuse, membranous, pale brown, c. 0.3 mm long. Lower bract filiform, usually to 2–3 cm long, shorter than inflorescence. Inflorescence branched, dense, to 12 cm long, with majority of partial inflorescences non-fertile and composed of pedicellate feather-like fascicles of narrowly lanceolate aristate, golden-brown sterile bracts. Fertile flowers usually inconspicuous, situated at base of partial inflorescences, occasionally predominating. Tepals lanceolate, acute or mucronate, equal, 3.3–4.2 mm long, stramineous. Stamens 6, shorter than tepals; filaments 1.2–1.5 mm long; anthers 1.3–2 mm long, often twisted; ovary widely ellipsoid, 1.4–2.7 mm long, abruptly contracted into style 1.8–2 mm long; stigmas erect, twisted, 1.4–2.7 mm long. Capsule widely ovoid-trigonous, c. 2.4 × 1.5 mm, abruptly contracted; mucro c. 1.8 mm. Seeds not developed even in almost ripe capsules.