Etymology: Schoenoplectus: Greek a 'rush leek' ' plecto for "plaited, twisted" schoenos for "rush or reed"
Plants: limp perennial, to 40" tall, aquatic sedge; stems slender, float; fine rhizomes
Leaves: from base, sheathing each other, hair-like, 1-5 length-wise veins with crossing veins
Flowers: inflorescence solitary spikelet, floral leaf extends above spikelet, scales of spikelet thin and light brown
Fruits: nutlet beneath scales, 3 angles, slender beak
Habitat: in water to >40"; in sediment soil
Conservation Status: Native