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Annual herb from a taproot; stems erect (occasionally prostrate), solitary, usually freely branched, 20-80 cm tall/long.
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves alternate, lanceolate or oblong-lanceolate, smooth or more often hairy or glandular below, the blades 5-20 cm long, the stalks short; stipules 5-20 mm long, brownish, more or less smooth, fringed with bristly hairs at the top.
Inflorescence a loose, often drooping panicle of spikelike racemes, 1-6 cm long; perianths greenish-white to pink, distinctly veined, the veins branching and turned back at the tip, about 2.5 mm long, 4- to 5-lobed nearly to the base.
Achenes, usually lens-shaped, egg-shaped to nearly rounded, dark brown, smooth and shiny, 2-3 mm long.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia