Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club 56:28. 1929
Herbs, perennial, tufted, 3–9 dm. Rhizomes densely branching. Culms few to many. Cataphylls 1–3. Leaves basal, 0–1(–2); auricles 0.2–0.4(–0.6) mm, scarious to leathery; blade nearly terete but slightly channeled adaxially, 10–50 cm × 0.7–1.8 mm, margins entire.. Inflorescences falsely lateral, 5–35-flowered, loose to congested, 1–8 cm; primary bract exceeding inflorescence. Flowers: pedicels 0.5–2.5 mm; bracteoles 2; tepals dark green, lanceolate, 3.5–5 mm; inner series slightly shorter, apex acute; stamens 6, fewer in cleistogamous flowers, filaments 0.8–1.2 mm, anthers 0.5–1.1 mm; style 0.9–1.3 mm. Capsules light to dark brown, 1-locular, widely ovoid to nearly globose, 3.5–5 × 2.6–3.2 mm. Seeds light to dark brown, oblate, 0.55–0.73 mm, not tailed. 2n = 80.
Phenology: Flowering and fruiting spring–early summer.
Habitat: Springy, wet woodlands, stream banks, marshy areas, flatwood depressions, and shaded or exposed disturbed, sites with poor drainage
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