Culms: solitary or tufted, smooth. Leaves: unfolded, shorter than the culm. Spike: composed of several linear, appressed or ascending spikelets. Fruit: achenes sessile.

This slender mountain Sedge has a number of short, narrow leaves, and flowers growing in a terminal spike. A very common plant.

Kobresia Bellardi, or Arctic Elyna, is more densely tufted than the preceding species, and the margins of the leaves are revolute.