Distribution: Circumboreal, south in North America to northeast Washington, east to northwest Montana, Minnisota, and New York.
Habitat: Moist, swampy places, especially in coniferous forests.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Rhizomatous, evergreen perennial, the stems all alike, prostrate or ascending, firm, 0.7-2.5 dm. tall and 0.5-1 mm. thick, 6-grooved and angled, alternating grooves shallower and deeper; stomates in two rows in each principal furrow, sunken below the level of the epidermis; central cavity none; sheaths short and flaring, with a broad, black band above the green base; teeth of the sheath 3, thin and fragile, bristle-tipped, 1-2 mm. long.
Unbranched, or with a few long branches from near the base.
Cone small, 3-5 mm. long, sub-sessile, sharp pointed.