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in the wild 6-15cm high by 1m. or more across. Leaves bright green, rigid but not fiercely pointed. Male flowers 8 by 5mm, straw and rust-coloured, the tepals lanceolate; borne just above the leaf tips. Female flowers 1.2cm long with linear tepals, just below the leaf tip, the pink stigmas to 1cm long protruding above. Capsules elongated ovoid, pointed-tipped, chestnut coloured. Chile and Argentina, from the northern Atacaman Andes to Northern Patagonia in bogs, edges of persistent snow drifts, streams and ponds. A well flowered female plant is an intriguing sight and not without charm.