Solitary, terminal, reddish-brown male spikelet, 2-4 female spikelets, the lowest sometimes distant. Very long, spreading bracts, the lowest much longer than the male spikelet. Fruit grey-green, weakly ribbed and with a smooth, notched beak. Smooth 3-sided stems, narrow, rigid, greyish-leaves with blunt tips and rounded ligules. Height 5-40cm.
Coastal, can be locally common in sheltered, sandy salt-marshes.
Similar: Yellow Sedge, Carex flava
Long-bracted Sedge. Warren Strand, Rosscarberry, Co.Cork.