Vegetative parts: plants tangled (Forming big hummocks), 0.2–0.4 m tall, basal diameter 0.1–1 m, crown diameter 0.1–1 m, with stolons. Fertile culms branching, striate, green or speckled golden (speckles on a green background, when this is present), 0.2–0.4 m tall, diameter at base 0.2–0.5 mm, diameter at apex 0.1–0.2 mm. Sheaths closely convoluted, 5–25 mm long, coloured as culm, darker brown, or distinctive red-purple colour, apical margins coriaceous, like the rest of the body or narrowly membranous, hyaline shoulders absent, apex, excluding the membranous lobes, acute or obtuse. Sheath-mucro hair-like, straight and erect, 2–5 mm long, usually stippled, as the culm. Males: male inflorescence with 2–5 spikelets or 6–10 spikelets, paniculate, 20–50 mm long, 5–15 mm wide. Male inflorescence spathes persistent, taller than spikelets, chartaceous or cartilaginous, Tightly convoluted, red-stippled as culms. Male flowers in spikelets. Male spikelets erect on stiff pedicels or sessile, linear or oblong, apex acute, 6–10 mm, 1.5–3 mm, with 2–4 flowers, pedicels absent ie spikelets sessile. Male bracts more than twice as tall as flowers, 3–7 mm long, linear or oblong, acuminate, lax, membranous, bract upper margin like body of bract, bract awn minute or absent. Male flower 2–3 mm long. Male tepals sepals and petals the same rigidity, cartilaginous or membranous, oblong or ovate, inner and outer tepals the same length. Male outer lateral tepals as other tepals, glabrous. Anthers 1–1.7 mm long, included in the flowers. Females: female inflorescence linear, 10–35 mm long, 2–8 mm wide (flower hangs out laterally, increasing 'width' of spikelet), with 1 spikelet or 2–5 spikelets. Female spathes longer than the spikelets, not obscuring spikelet or obscuring spikelet, persistent, cartilaginous. Female spikelet sessile, obovate (flower shape), apex truncate or acute, 4–5 mm long, with 1 flowers, with 0–1 sterile bracts. Female bracts as tall as flowers or taller than flowers, erect, 3–5 mm long, oblong, acute, membranous, apical margin like rest of bract, same as body of bract, awn minute or absent. Female flower 2.5–4.5 mm long, without a fleshy pedicel. Female tepals cartilaginous or membranous, glabrous and smooth, at least as tall as nut, wrapped around it and obscuring the surface, midrib flush with the tepal body, margins entire, apices acute, inner and outer whorls the same length. Female outer lateral tepals like other tepals, 2.5–4.5 mm long. Female odd outer tepal oblong, 2.5–4.5 mm long. Female inner tepals oblong, 2.5–4.5 mm long. Staminodes present. Styles white, 2. Style bases free. Ovary with 1 locule, indehiscent. Fruit: indehiscent fruits with a softer ovary wall. Nut 2.2 mm long, 0.8 mm diam., shape in side view oblong, shape in top view round in cross section.