Distribution: Eastern Washington to northern Nevada, east through southern Idaho to Colorado.
Habitat: Saline or alkaline flats and marshes in sagebrush area.
Flowers: Late June - August
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Simple and erect to freely-branched and spreading, glabrous, yellowish-green annual, 1-3 dm. tall.
Leaves alternate, numerous, linear, fleshy, 1-3 cm. long and 1-1.5 mm. broad, reduced gradually upward, becoming bracts 2-5 mm. long and as broad as the leaves.
Flowers in open spikes in glomerules of 2-3 flowers, each flower with 2 greatly reduced bractlets; perianth fleshy, 5-lobed half its length, the lobes distinctly unequal, about 1 mm. long, somewhat hooded; stamens 5; styles 2, short.
Fruit enclosed in the perianth.