Distribution: Along the coast and along the Columbia and Snake Rivers in Washington; British Columbia south to Baja California, east to the Rocky Mountains.
Habitat: Sandy soil along the coast and along inland rivers.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Low annual, simple to branched and often sprawling, the stem 5-15 cm. tall, spreading-pubescent to glandular-puberulent.
Leaves alternate, linear to linear-lanceolate, entire to remotely denticulate, 10-30 mm. long, the floral bracts similar.
Flowers mostly sessile in the floral bracts; calyx tube 1.5-2 mm. long; petals 4, yellow, 2.5-4 mm. long; stamens 8, one set of 4 twice as long as the shorter set; stigma globose; ovary 4-celled, inferior.
Capsule linear, 1 mm. thick and 2-4 cm. long, conspicuously arched to nearly coiled.