The inflorescence consists of 2-4 pistillate (female) spikelets and a terminal staminate (male) spikelet; these spikelets are erect to ascending and rather widely spaced apart along the culm. Each pistillate spikelet is longer than the tip of the sheath-like bract underneath it. The staminate spikelet is reddish purple and up to ¾" long; it has a peduncle that is about as long as the spikelet. Each pistillate spikelet is about ½–1½" long and somewhat cylindrical in shape; it consists of about 4-12 perigynia and their scales.