Staminate plant 3-7 dm, the pistillate taller, to 12 dm; basal lvs elongate-spatulate to obovate, 8-15 cm; the cauline progressively smaller and narrower, the upper linear; fls white, drying yellowish, the tep 3 mm; staminate spike 4-12 cm נ10-15 mm, with spreading pedicels; pistillate spike very slender, to 3 dm, the pedicels erect or ascending; fr ellipsoid or somewhat obovoid, 7-14 mm; seeds 3-5 mm. Moist woods and bogs; Mass. to Fla., w. to s. Ont., O., s. Ind., s. Ill., Ark., and La. June. (C. obovale)
Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.