3-20mm tall. Stems cryptic, like a rusty nail, leafless, bracts and buds mushroom mottled brown.
White tipped, mushroom coloured, never opening widely.
December - February.
Fertile stream terraces and similar places, nearly always found under taraire or nikau. Mid-Northland south to Nelson.
Can be locally abundant but naturally uncommon.
Tubers may persist for years underground, the above ground parts not emerging until conditions are suitable.
Tiny size, cryptic colouring and association with nikau and taraire.