Vegetative parts: plants tufted (Culms spreading, not erect), 0.2–0.6 m tall, basal diameter 0.05–0.1 m, crown diameter 0.3–1 m, compact, without spreading rhizomes or stolons. Fertile culms branching or much branched, round (not compressed) or compressed near apex, smooth or finely rugulose, green or speckled golden (pale green to straw colour occuring occasionally on basal areas of culms (near nodes). Deep purple colour occuring occasionally.), 0.2–0.6 m tall, diameter at base 1.2–2 mm, diameter at apex 0.2–0.4 mm. Sheaths closely convoluted, 5–15 mm long, brown to red-brown, apical margins coriaceous, like the rest of the body, hyaline shoulders absent, apex, excluding the membranous lobes, acuminate or acute. Sheath-mucro absent or penicellate, straight and erect, 1–3 mm long. Males: male inflorescence with 2–5 spikelets or 6–10 spikelets, racemose, 8–19 mm long, 5–15 mm wide. Male inflorescence spathes caducous, shorter than spikelets or as tall as spikelets, cartilaginous or chartaceous. Male flowers in spikelets. Male spikelets spreading to somewhat reflexed on still pedicels, ovate or orbicular, apex rounded or obtuse or acute, 5–9 mm, 3–6 mm, with 5–15 flowers, pedicels absent ie spikelets sessile or shorter than the spikelets, terete or angular or flattened. Male bracts as tall as flowers or taller than flowers, 3–7 mm long, oblong or ovate or orbicular, rounded, cartilaginous, bract upper margin like body of bract, bract awn minute or absent or less than half as long as the bract body, variably with a distinct dark apex and/or awn. Male flower 2–3 mm long. Male tepals sepals more rigid than petals, cartilaginous, petals membranous, linear, inner and outer tepals the same length. Male outer lateral tepals conduplicate, glabrous. Anthers 1.5–2 mm long, exserted from the flowers. Females: female inflorescence linear or racemose, 6–25 mm long, 2–5 mm wide, with 1 spikelet or 2–5 spikelets. Female spathes shorter than the spikelets or as long as the spikelets, persistent, cartilaginous. Female spikelet sessile or pedicel simple, obovate, apex obtuse or acute, 6–15 mm long, with 1 flowers, with 4–6 sterile bracts. Female bracts taller than flowers (flower and nut sitting on fleshy pedicel, which elevates the apex of the tepals above the bracts, however the bracts lenght is greater than the tepal length.), 7–10 mm long, oblong or obovate, rounded or acuminate, cartilaginous, apical margin like rest of bract, darker than body of bract, awn less than half as long as the bract body. Female flower 3–5 mm long, with a fleshy pedicel. Female tepals cartilaginous, glabrous and smooth, at least as tall as nut, wrapped around it and obscuring the surface, midrib flush with the tepal body, apices rounded, inner and outer whorls the same length. Female outer lateral tepals like other tepals, hidden by bracts, or bracts are shorter than flowers, 3–5 mm long. Female odd outer tepal oblong or obovate, 3–5 mm long. Female inner tepals oblong or obovate, 3–5 mm long. Staminodes absent. Styles plumose, white, 2. Style bases free. Ovary with 1 locule, indehiscent. Fruit: indehiscent fruits with a hard woody ovary wall. Perianth presence on fruits persistent, membranous, as tall as nuts. Nut cap smooth, wall smooth, (1.17–)3.39(–3.83) mm long, (1.67–)2.35(–2.92) mm diam., shape in side view ovate, shape in top view round in cross section, brown. Elaiosome present, white, 1–3 mm long, more than 0.5 nutlength or less than half as long as nut.