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Annual from a slender taproot; stems ascending, several, branched, conspicuously white-hairy and sticky, 10-50 cm tall.
Basal leaves few, oblanceolate to spoon-shaped, hairy, broadly stalked; stem leaves opposite, lanceolate, hairy, unstalked, 1.5-4 cm long, 2-15 mm wide; stipules lacking.
Inflorescence falsely racemose, the flowers solitary at each node; petals 5, whitish to pink or purple, stalklike at the bases, the stalks narrow, 4-6 mm long, the blades elliptic to egg-shaped, entire or shallowly notched at the apex, the basal appendages about 1 mm long and linear, slightly twisted, and the corolla therefore somewhat pinwheel-like in appearance; sepals 5, united, forming a tube 6-9 mm long at flowering time, inflating in fruit, 10-nerved, hairy and glandular.
Capsules egg-shaped, to 10 mm long, 6-valved; seeds blackish, kidney-shaped, about 1 mm long, hairy, finely corrugate-wrinkled.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia