Perennial, densely tufted herb from smooth, fibrous roots; stems slender, wiry, more or less circular in cross-section, tapered, 5-40 cm tall, more often surpassing or sometimes shorter than the leaves.
Numerous; basal sheaths brownish to dark brown, persistent and conspicuous, densely-packed, shredded, generally lacking blades; blades very slender and wiry, flat to folded or in-rolled, mostly 0.3-0.6 mm wide.
Inflorescence a solitary, terminal, erect, slender, 1- to 3-cm long, 2- to 3-mm wide spike, the spikelets each with 1 male and 1 female flower, the male flower above the female flower; involucral bracts solitary, scalelike or short and leafy.
Scales 2.5-3.5 mm long, brown, the margins broadly translucent, sometimes rough, otherwise smooth; stigmas 2 or 3; achenes compressed, 3-angled, 1.5-3 mm long.
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Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|AT(21), BAFA(56), BWBS(1), ESSF(33), IMA(12), MH(2), MS(1), SBPS(5), SWB(5)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Elyna bellardii (All.) C. Koch
Kobresia bellardii (All.) K. Koch