T: New South Wales, North Western Slopes, 1 km SW of Binnaway, 26 Feb 1973, L.A.S.Johnson & A.Johnson 7578; holo: NSW; iso: K, MEL.
Perennials, 40–110 cm tall, rhizomatous; rhizome stout, creeping, very short-noded; stems densely crowded. Stem leafless, terete, 1.5–3 mm diam., ±hard, yellow-green; ridges 20–52, not very distinct; dorsal epidermis cells not enlarged; pith finely interrupted, of astericiform cells. Cataphylls few, 7–15 cm long, ±lax, abaxially pale yellow to pale golden brown, adaxially silvery to golden brown. Lower bract 7–26 cm long, exceeding to occasionally shorter than inflorescence; sheath narrow, slightly constricted below inflorescence. Inflorescence 6–15 cm long, diffuse; flowers numerous, solitary. Bracteoles ovate, to c. 0.7 mm long, scarious to stramineous. Outer tepals 1.5–2.1 mm long, acute to acuminate, longer than or equalling inner ones, all acute or outer ones acuminate, stramineous-brown; inner tepals with broad outer ±narrow membranous margins. Stamens (3–) 4–6; anthers 0.5–0.8 mm long, equalling or longer than filaments c. 0.3–0.4 mm long; style 0.1 mm long; stigmas 0.3–0.5 mm long. Capsule triseptate, ellipsoid, 2.0–2.5 mm long, exceeding perianth, obtuse, not or shortly mucronate, golden brown, shining. Seeds ovoid, 0.3–0.4 × c. 0.2 mm, apiculate, pale brown, c. 14–18-striate, densely reticulate; appendages absent.