Plants loosely cespitose; rhizomes slender. Culms 13-40 cm, smooth, sparsely pilose. Leaf blades M-shaped in cross section when young, 2-4.5 mm wide, at least proximal pilose. Inflorescences: proximal bracts sheathless or sheath not more than 2 mm; lateral spikes 6-27 × 4-9 mm, all in distal 1/2 of stem; terminal spike 8-20 × 1-2.5 mm. Pistillate scales 3-veined, ovate, 2.3-3 × 1.3-2.2 mm, shorter than perigynia, apex acute, sometimes with awn to 0.7 mm. Staminate scales 3-veined, 3.2-5 × 1.2-2 mm. Perigynia 20-30-veined, narrowly ovoid, 4.5-6 × 1.4-2 mm, spongy at base, subglabrous to puberulent proximally, pilose distally, at least some hairs 0.3-0.4 mm; beak obscure, 0.3-0.5 mm. Achenes: stipe to 1 mm; bodies 2.5 × 1.3-1.7 mm, filling only distal part of perigynia. Fruiting early spring-summer. Hardwood forests on sand; 0-100 m; Ala., Fla., Ga., Miss., S.C. Carex dasycarpa is rare throughout most of its range.