General: Perennial, tufted herb from short, stout rhizomes; stems 15-60 cm tall, exceeding the leaves.
Leaves: Sheaths purplish-red towards the bases; blades flat, 3-8 mm wide, the lower ones fully developed.
Flowers: Spikes 3 to 6, the terminal one with male flowers, the lower spikes 2 to 5, mostly remote, with female flowers, 0.6-2.5 cm long, short-stalked, erect; bracts subtending the spikes without sheaths, the lowermost leaflike, about equalling or longer than the inflorescence.
Fruits: Perigynia egg-shaped, 3.5-4.5 mm long, 1.8-2 mm wide, plump, yellowish-green to yellowish-brown, marginally 2-ribbed, several-nerved, the beaks obscure, less than 0.4 mm long; female scales lanceolate, nearly as long as and narrower than the perigynia, pointed at the tips, brown to black, with light brown margins; stigmas 3; achenes 3-angled, 2.2-2.5 mm long.
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Electronic Atlas of the Plants of British Columbia [eflora.bc.ca]. Lab for
Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British
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