Distribution: Occurring in counties along the Puget Sound and outer coast in Washington; Alaska south to Oregon; northern Pacific Rim.
Habitat: Sandy saltwater beaches and dunes.
Growth Duration: Perennial
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Perennial grass-like herb to 30 cm tall, from buried rhizomes.
narrow, grass-like, to over 30 cm long, from base of stem.
Tiny and inconspicuous, lacking petals, with male and femal flowers on separate plants; in large dense spikes 3-8 cm long at tip of stem.
Achene, enclosed by a papery sheath (perigynia)
A very distinctive species for a sedge; its coastal habitat and large dense spikes are unmistakable.