Perennial, polymorphous cushion plant with a strong primary root. Leaves linear, stiff, erect, c. 1 mm broad, 3-nerved. Flowers fragrant, solitary or 2-3 together. Petals white, red or spotted, the lamina irregularly divided into 1/4-1/2, with narrow lobes, usually bearded.
Asia-Tropical: Jawa (Jawa cultivated)
Indigenous to the eastern part of the European Alps. In Malesia occasionally cultivated in Java as an ornamental, but not flowering well at lower altitudes.