General: Perennial herb from creeping rhizomes; stems 5-40 cm tall, equalling the leaves or nearly so, roughened above.
Leaves: Sheaths short, greenish-whitish; blades 2 to 4 from near the base, flat, 1-2 mm wide, the lower ones lacking or reduced, roughened at the tips.
Flowers: Spikes solitary, with both female and male flowers, the male flowers towards the tips, 1-3 cm long, 2-3 mm wide, erect; bract subtending the spike lacking.
Fruits: Perigynia lanceolate to narrowly elliptical, 3.8-4.2 mm long, 1.3-1.6 mm wide, yellowish-green to straw-coloured, obscurely compressed-triangular, smooth, many-nerved, the beaks about 1 mm long; female scales lanceolate, shorter or longer than the perigynia, the lower ones awn-tipped, the upper ones round-tipped, dark brown with 1- to 3-nerved green centres; stigmas 3, rarely 2; achenes 3-angled, granular, 1.3-1.5 mm long.
A shade-intolerant, submontane to subalpine, Asian and Western North American sedge distributed more in the Pacific than the Cordilleran region. Occurs in boreal and hypermaritime to maritime cool mesothermal climates on wet to very wet, nutrient-medium soils. Its occurrence decreases with increasing elevation and continentality. Common in non-forested, semi-terrestrial communities on water-collecting sites, occasional in opencanopy forests on seepage sites. Characteristic of wet forests and wetlands.
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