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Perennial, densely tufted herb from stout, fibrous roots; stems 8-30 cm tall, longer than the leaves.
Sheaths tight, the old basal ones persistent and conspicuous, lined, breaking into threads; blades 2 or 3 per stem, in-rolled, borne near the base, about 0.25 mm wide, the lower ones persistent.
Spikes solitary, linear at first, expanding below at maturity, with both female and male flowers, the male flowers towards the tips, the female flowers below, 10-30 mm long, 3-6 mm wide, erect; bractless.
Perigynia egg-shaped, 3-4 mm long, 2-2.3 mm wide, dull whitish to straw-coloured, short hairy, at least above, obscurely 2-ribbed, unstalked, the beaks translucent, 0.2-0.4 mm long; female scales broadly egg-shaped, larger than and concealing the perigynia, rounded, greenish, the centres darker, the margins bright white-translucent; stigmas 3; achenes 3-angled, 2.2-3 mm long.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia