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Annual herb from fibrous roots, with short, coarse, spreading or appressed hairs throughout; stems simple or branched, 5-40 cm tall.
Lowermost leaves oblanceolate and somewhat stalked; middle and upper leaves more oblong or narrowly elliptic to linear and nearly unstalked, 1-5 cm long, 2-10 mm wide, entire, alternate.
Inflorescence of coiled, narrow, elongating clusters, with some leafy bracts on lower flowers, not much longer than the leafy portion of the plant; fruiting stalks ascending, usually shorter than calyces; corollas inconspicuous; petals white, fused at base into a tube that flares (1-2 mm wide) at the top to 5 small lobes; fruiting calyces 4-7 mm long, covered with short hooked hairs on the sepal-tube, stiff ascending-hairy on the lobes, asymmetric, 3 of the lobes shorter than the other 2.
Nutlets 4, clustered, egg-shaped, brown, commonly with pale stippling.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia