Distribution: British Columbia to Baja California.
Habitat: Coastal marshes and saltwater tideflats.
Growth Duration: Annual
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Parasitic, twining, perennial herbs, with very slender, pinkish-yellow to white glabrous stems, often forming large mats.
Leaves reduced to tiny scales.
Flowers in few-flowered, loose clusters on pedicels 2-4 mm. long; calyx fleshy at the base, about equal to the corolla tube, the 5 lobes ovate-lanceolate, pointed; corolla 2.5-4.5 mm. long, the tube narrowly bell-shaped, the 5 erect lobes broadly lanceolate, acuminate, nearly entire, about equal to the tube; stamens 5, inserted just below the sinuses; poorly developed, narrowly-oblong scales cover the base of the filaments; styles 2, 1 mm. long, ovary 2-celled, superior.
Capsule globose-ovoid, crested just below the base of the styles.