© Irmgard & Gerald Carter (Photo ID #7785)
Perennial herb from creeping rhizomes; stems 10-90 cm tall.
Sheaths brownish to purplish or blackish, persistent; blades 2-6 (8) mm wide, flat but becoming narrow and folded toward the tips, the uppermost ones equalling or exceeding the sheaths.
Spikes 2 to 10, terminal, erect, at least some of them pendulous, egg-shaped and 1-2 cm long in flower, 2-4 cm long in fruit; anthers 2.5-4 mm long; involucral bracts several, unequal, 2 or more of them evidently leaflike, the longest ones equalling or surpassing the inflorescence.
Scales brownish or blackish-green, egg-shaped to lanceolate, appressed to ascending, 1-ribbed, pointed, the slender midribs not reaching the tips; perianth bristles numerous, whitish, creamy-white to tawny, many times longer than the achenes; achenes blackish, 2-3 mm long, broadly lanceolate to egg-shaped.
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Eriophorum angustifolium subsp. scabriusculum HultΘn
Eriophorum angustifolium subsp. subarcticum (Vassiljev) HultΘn ex Kartesz & Gandhi
Eriophorum angustifolium var. coloratum HultΘn
Eriophorum angustifolium var. giganteum HultΘn
Eriophorum angustifolium var. majus F.W. Schultz
Eriophorum polystachion L. p.p.