Distribution: British Columbia to California, east to Montana and Colorado; in the Olympics and Cascades of Washington
Habitat: Moist places, moderate to high elevations in the mountains
Flowers: July - September
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Strongly tufted, matted perennial, the flowering stems 10-30 cm. tall, slender and terete.
Leaf bases with sheaths 1-4 cm. long, the uppermost with a slender, terete blade 3-6 cm. long; lower sheaths bladeless, or with bristle-like blades less than 1 cm. long.
Flowers 1-3, clustered but borne singly, each subtended by two brownish, ovate, membranous bractlets; involucral bract 2-4 cm. long, terete, erect, sharp-pointed, imitating the stem; outer 3 perianth segments 6-7 mm. long, lanceolate-acuminate, the inner 3 slightly shorter, acute to rounded; stamens 6.
Capsule slightly exceeding the perianth, acute.