Schoenoplectus acutus var. occidentalis
Novon 5: 97. 1995.
Culms dark to light green, 1–4 m × 4–12 mm, firm to soft, larger air cavities in distal 1/4, 1–2.5 mm wide. Leaves: sheath fronts mostly delicately pinnate-fibrillose. Inflorescences to 3 times branched, branches sometimes flexible and drooping. Spikelets 4–190, 6–24 × 4 mm. Flowers: perianth bristles (4–) 6 (–8), equaling to less than 1/2 achene body, rarely rudimentary; styles from 2-fid with few 3-fid at spikelet apex to mostly (or all) 3-fid. Achenes planoconvex or compressed obtusely trigonous.
Phenology: Fruiting (spring–)summer(–fall).
Habitat: Fresh, often calcareous to brackish marshes, fens, lakes, slow streams, often emergent in water to 1.5 m
Elevation: 0–2100 m
B.C., Ariz., Calif., Colo., Idaho, Mont., Nev., N.Mex., Oreg., Tex., Utah, Wash., Wyo., n Mexico
Schoenoplectus acutus var. occidentalis forms sterile hybrids with S. californicus in California (S. G. Smith 1995; see 1. S. tabernaemontani).
"prolonged" is not a number.