The Alpine bulrush is low-growing and delicate perennial sedge. Its small spike flowers are located at the top of its stems and they are covered with wool-like tufts of bristles. It forms small tussocks.
The Alpine bulrush is a plant of open fens and paludifying shores that are medium or rich in nutrients. Its area of distribution covers the northern parts of Eurasia and North America.
It is one of the plants whose occurrence indicates the nutrient level of the peatland because it does not grow on nutrient-poor sites.
The Alpine bulrush is classified as a least concern species and thus requires no conservation measures to secure its occurrence.
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