General: Perennial, densely tufted herb from slender rhizomes; stems 15-70 cm tall, slightly shorter to longer than the leaves.
Leaves: Sheaths tight, concave to blunt at the mouths; blades 2 to 3 per stem, flat or channeled, borne on the lower 1/4 of the stem, about 0.7-1.5 mm wide.
Fruits: Perigynia few, cylindrical or elliptical, 2.5-5 mm long, 1-1.5 mm wide, yellowish-green to pale green, many nerved, long-stalked, the tips blunt, more or less entire, beakless; male scales rounded to pointed at the tips, fused below, appressed, yellowish
Notes: Two subspecies can be distinguished in BC:
1. Female scales rounded; perigynia 2.5-3.5 mm long; E of the Coast-Cascade Mountains.................. ssp. leptalea
1. Female scales long-pointed to awned; perigynia 3.5-5 mm long; W of the Coast-Cascade Mountains................. ssp. pacifica Calder & Taylor
Bogs, swamps, shorelines and fens in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; frequent throughout BC west (ssp. pacifica) and east (ssp. leptalea) of the Coast-Cascade Mountains; ssp. pacifica - N to AK and YT; ssp. leptalea - N to AK, YT, NT, E to NF and S to ME, PA, NC, TN, AR, OK, NM, UT and CA.
Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2020. E-Flora BC:
Electronic Atlas of the Plants of British Columbia [eflora.bc.ca]. Lab for
Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British
Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed:
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