Plant is an erect, coarsely rhizomatous (underground stem
from which new growth begins) and perennial that reaches a height
of six to nine feet. Preferred habitat is fresh water marshes,
ponds, ditches, swales and sloughs. Distribution is throughout
the Escambia region.
Leaves are two-ranked; smooth; long-linear; nearly flat
with cylindrical basal sheaths that taper into the blade.
Flowers are tiny; lacking a perianth; unisexual; numerous
and in dense spikes. The mass of male flowers stand above that
of the female flowers (usually seen in a smaller cylinder at
the top of a flowering stem and sometimes with a space between
the male and female areas.
Fruiting spikes are reddish-brown; three to eight inches