Annual herb from a taproot; stems prostrate or decumbent, several, glabrous to short-hairy, 30-70 cm tall.
Alternate or opposite, the blades rarely over 3 cm long, diamond-shaped to egg-shaped, callous-margined, bristle-tipped narrowing to a slender stalk.
Inflorescence in small axillary clusters; bracts narrowly lanceolate, bristle-tipped; tepals 4-5; stamens 3-4.
Capsules opening along an "equator", the top coming off like a lid, 1-seeded; seeds 1.3-1.7 mm long, lens-shaped.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Amaranthus graecizans L.