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Perennial herb, prostrate to somewhat ascending, (8) 12–45 (80) cm.
Flowers green, in slender and lax to stout and dense terminal and axillary spikes c. 2–10 cm long and 5–12 (20) mm. wide, the terminal spike not rarely with rather short, stout branches and the lowest inflorescences dense, subglobose clusters to c. 1 cm in diam.; male and female flowers intermixed, the males generally rather few.
Capsule ellipsoid, sometimes constricted above, 1.75 v 3 mm., obviously exceeding the perianth, scarcely compressed, smooth, indehiscent or irregularly rupturing at maturity.