What is the plant
Plant small, stemless, annual? Leaves about 4–8 to a plant, radical, 1/3– 3/4 in. long, 1/4– 1/3 lin. broad, linear-subulate, tapering to a very fine point, glabrous. Peduncles 3/4–4 in. long, 3–4-angled, slender, glabrous, their sheaths 1/4–1 in. long, acute, very oblique and slightly inflated at the mouth, glabrous. Heads 1–1 1/4 lin. in diam., subglobose, monœcious. Involucral-bracts 2/3– 3/4 lin.long, 1/4– 1/3 lin. broad, oblong, obtuse or acute, concave, light straw-coloured, glabrous. Flowering-bracts 1/2– 2/3 lin. long, 1/4 or less broad, lanceolate, acute, concave, glabrous, varying from light fuscous to blackish. Receptacle glabrous or nearly so. Female flowers subsessile. Sepals 3, subequal, 1/2 lin. long, about 1/8 lin. broad, lanceolate, acuminate, boat-shaped, glabrous, light fuscous or greenish-fuscous. Petals 3, arising slightly above the sepals, rather less than 1/2 lin. long, about 1/12 lin. broad, linear, acute, flat, glabrous, not ciliate, without glands, pallid or fuscous. Style bifid to half-way down. Male flowers rather few, pedi-cellate. Sepals connate into a narrowly funnel-shaped body 1/3– 1/2 lin. long, deeply cleft on one side, denticulate at the apex, glabrous, light fuscous. Petals reduced to very minute lobules at the apex of the 1/6 lin. long stipes, glabrous. Anthers black. Seeds about 1/6 lin. long, ellipsoid, smooth, brown.
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