Distribution: Circumboreal, south south in North America to southern Washington, northern Idaho, Nebraska and Pennsylvania.
Habitat: Streambanks, wet meadows, and marshes, from the lowlands to moderate elevations in the mountains.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Rhizomatous annual, the stems not dimorphic, 2-8 dm. tall, with 5 to 10 deep grooves, the ridges smooth; stomates in a single, broad band in each furrow; central cavity less than 1/3 the diameter of the stem; sheathes green, 5-10 mm. long, with persistent teeth 3-7 mm. long, black or dark brown with broad, pale, papery margins.
Branches few and irregular to many and whorled, 5- to 6-angled, simple.
Cones pedunculate, blunt, deciduous.