Basal rosette-like tufts of many short, stiff, grooved leaves.
Terminal clusters of flowers on stiff, leafless stems, 10-35cm.
Small silvery-brown flowers, over-topping leaf-like bracts.
Egg-shaped fruit with small point at tip, shorter than sepals.
Acidic ground, wet, peaty heaths and moors. Very frequent
in upland and mountain districts of SW, W and NW Ireland.