General: Perennial, tufted herb from fibrous roots; stems 5-20 cm tall, exceeding the leaves.
Leaves: Sheaths tight, brownish to straw-coloured; blades flat, 1-3 mm wide, borne on the lower 1/3 of the stem.
Flowers: Spikes 2 to 5, the terminal one long-stalked, 4-10 mm long, with male flowers, the lower 2 to 4 spikes with female flowers, long-stalked, spreading or nodding; bracts subtending the female spikes tubular-sheathed, leaflike, the lower bracts longer than the spikes and their stalks, the upper one reduced.
Fruits: Perigynia lanceolate to egg-shaped, 2-3.3 mm long, 1-1.5 mm wide, green to greenish-brown, convex, smooth or fringed above with teeth, 2-nerved, short-stalked, the beaks bidentate, 0.3-0.6 mm long; female scales egg-shaped, rounded to pointed, brownish, with green centres and translucent margins, shorter but often wider than the perigynia; stigmas 3; achenes 3-angled, 1.2-1.5 mm long.
Moist to wet shorelines, bogs, fens, streambanks and seepage slopes in the montane to alpine zones; frequent throughout BC east of the Coast-Cascade Mountains; circumpolar, N to AK, YT and NT, E to Labr. and NF and S to ME, NY, MI, WI, MN, SD, NM, UT, NV and OR; Greenland, Iceland, Eurasia.
Carex boecheriana A. Löve, D. Löve & Raymond Carex capillaris subsp. chlorostachys (Stev.) A. Löve, D. Löve & Raymond Carex capillaris subsp. krausei (Boeckeler) Böcher Carex capillaris subsp. porsildiana (Polunin) Böcher Carex capillaris subsp. robustior (Drejer ex Lange) Böcher Carex capillaris var. elongata Olney ex Fernald Carex capillaris var. fuscidula (Krecz.) A. Löve & D. Löve Carex capillaris var. krausei (Boeckeler) Crantz Carex capillaris var. major Blytt Carex chlorostachys Carex fuscidula Carex krausei subsp. porsildiana (Polunin) A. Löve, D. Löve & Raymond
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