Delicate annuals, usually with erect stems to 6 cm, little-branched, mainly from the first to fifth nodes, dried branches often winged. Leaves linear-lanceolate, 1.3.–4.1 mm long, 0.4–0.8 mm wide, acute, almost flat above, strongly convex below. Inflorescence 1–few spike-like thyrses with sessile cymules in axils of leaf-like bracts. Flowers 3-merous; calyx lobes linear-lanceolate, 0.8–1.5 mm long, pointed; corolla cream, lobes lanceolate, 0.7–1 mm long, acuminate; nectary scales oblong-cuneate, 0.2–0.4 mm long, c. 0.2 mm wide, rounded; carpels conical, with 2 ovules. Follicles smooth, releasing seeds through apical pore or detaching basally from receptacle; seeds 0.3–0.38 mm long, with longitudinal ridges. Flowers Aug.–Oct.
*CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *GipP, *Gold, *GGr, *HSF, *MuM, *NIS, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, ACT, NSW. Native to the eastern Mediterranean region. A weed of disturbed areas usually on hard gravelly soils, such as paths, roadsides, pavements or tennis courts.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||naturalised|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||introduced|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|