Growth Duration: Perennial
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Cespitose perennial herb; stems to 115 cm, usually 0.8-2 mm broad above sheath, rough when fresh, less than 12 wide ridges per side when dry, with a solid pith.
Blade cylindric; sheath 5-15 cm, papillate base brown and dull, upper half green to light brown, veins gradually converging at broadly asymmetrical winged summit, margins thin and flat, overlapping halfway from base.
Terminal condensed cymes; bracts subtending inflorescence 1-2, rounded to obtuse-ovate.
Tepals 2.3-2.8 mm, mostly pressed against fruit, dark brown to black stripes along midvein, stamens 3, filaments longer than or equal to anthers.
Capsules, approximately 2 mm, 3-chambered with straight internal partitions, oblong and truncate, dark brown to nearly black and shiny; seeds typically 0.5 mm long and 0.2-0.3 mm broad, netted.