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Annual (occasionally biennial) herb from a taproot; stems prostrate to ascending, several, branched, round in cross-section, grooved, 10-30 (50) cm tall/long.
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves alternate, oblong or egg-shaped, usually overlapping but not crowded, the blades 1.5-3 cm long, somewhat reduced upward, the stalks short to long, jointed at the base; stipules ragged, 3-6 mm long.
Inflorescence of few to several flowers in axillary clusters; perianths about 3-4.5 mm long, greenish with pink margins, 5-lobed about 2/3 the distance to the base.
Achenes, 3-angled, olive-green to yellowish-brown, lance-egg-shaped, nearly smooth, usually shiny, usually exserted 1-3 mm.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia