It grows 40–70 centimetres (16–28 in) tall with the leaves being linear and 3–7 millimetres (0.12–0.28 in) wide. Both inflorescence and lanceolate are 5 centimetres (2.0 in) long. Its utricles are either pale green or orange-brown. Female specimens have pale orange-brown glumes which are ovate and are 3 millimetres (0.12 in) in length.
Distribution and habitat
This species occurs in Europe, Central Asia,West Siberia, and Xinjiang, China. It thrives in wetlands on heavy soils and especially in lowland areas and can be found near lakes, rivers and reservoirs, as well as coastal areas.