Distribution: East of the Cascades, southern British Columbia south to southern California, east to Manitoba, Missouri and New Mexico.
Habitat: Dry to moist, saline or alkaline soil, from the desert plains to mid-elevations in he mountains.
Flowers: May - July
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Succulent annual, freely-branched from the base, prostrate to ascending, the stems 1-3 dm. long.
Leaves alternate, gradually reduced upward to foliaceous bracts, the blades hastate, sometimes entire above, the lateral lobes divergent and 1-4 mm. long, the terminal lobe linear to oblong or triangular, 0.5-3 cm. long; petioles slender, up to 3 cm. long.
Flowers tiny, mostly monoecious, in dense, sessile, axillary clusters, often reddish; perianth usually a single segment, 1.5-2.5 mm. long, oblong; stamens 1, usually lacking in some flowers; styles 2.
Utricle somewhat flattened, finely pitted.