Range: Common low elevation species on several continents, including Australia.
Description: Perennial from long, stout rhizomes; stems single or in small groups, sharply traingular, erect, 15-100 cm tall. Leaves usally channelled or folded and narrow (1-2 mm wide). Inflorescence consists of stalkless spikelets (1-7), in a tight cluster; main involucral bract prominent, leaf-like, 3-10 cm long, appearing as a continuation of the stem.
Ecology: Fresh and brackish marshes, shores, wet meadows, and ditches.
Notes: This species seems to prefer coarser substrates, where freshwater influence is greater. The plant was used for weaving basket lids and handles.
- Pojar, J. and A. MacKinnon. 1994. Plants of coastal British Columbia: including Washington, Oregon & Alaska. Lone Pine Publishing. Vancouver. 528 p.
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