General: Perennial herb from slender, creeping rhizomes; stems 10-60 cm tall, arising singly or a few together, longer than the leaves.
Leaves: Sheaths tight, tubular; blades 4 to 8 per stem, flat or channeled towards the bases, borne on the lower 1/4 of the stem, 1-5 mm wide.
Flowers: Spikes 3 to 5, more or less remote, long-stalked, erect to spreading, the terminal one linear, 1-2 cm long, with male flowers, the lower 2 to 4 spikes cylindrical, with female flowers; bracts subtending the female spikes sheathing, leaflike, 1-3 cm long, shorter than the spikes.
Fruits: Perigynia egg-shaped to elliptical, 3.5-5 mm long, 1.5-2 mm wide, yellowish-green or brownish, slightly inflated, smooth, shiny, strongly 2-nerved marginally, spreading or ascending, short-stalked, the beaks bidentate, often dark-tipped, 0.6-1.2 mm long; female scales egg-shaped, shorter than the perigynia, brown, the centres pale green, the margins translucent, the tips round to short-awned; stigmas 3; achenes 3-angled, 1.6-2.2 mm long.
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