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Not that he wasn't armed; he wore a few sheaths strapped to his body.
The dirty bags and sheaths are then washed, mangled and dried, and made ready for use again.
Usually the sheaths terminate in a point, the blades being arrested.
In this species the fructification is conical or lanceolate, and is found in April on short, stout, unbranched stems which have large loose sheaths.
The cells of these sheaths are often distinguished from the rest of the mesophyll by containing little or no chlorophyll.