Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades in Washington; Washington south on the east side of the Cascades and Sierra Nevada to California, east to Idaho and Texas.
Habitat: Plains and foothills, often in saline or alkaline soil.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Spreading, small, monoecious shrub with grayish-barked woody base up to 2 dm. tall, with numerous erect annual stems up to 5 dm. long, these densely stellate-pubescent and somewhat woolly, grayish at first but becoming reddish.
Leaves numerous, linear to narrowly lanceolate, the primary up to 4 cm. long with reduced leaves clustered in their axils; branches floriferous 1/3-2/3 their length.
Pistillate flowers 2-4 in the leaf axils, naked, but with a pair of bracteoles up to 6 mm. long (including the horn-like tips) enclosing the fruit; staminate flowers uppermost on the stems, few to many in short, axillary clusters; perianth segments 4, 1.5-2 mm. long; stamens 4, exerted.
Seed covering early-deciduous.