Plants perennial. Stems arising from branched caudices, ascending to erect, few branched, elongate, glabrous. Leaves: petiole 1–3 cm; blade elliptic to obovate, 1.5–3.5 × 0.3–1.5 cm, margins entire to ± repand and undulate, surfaces glabrous. Inflorescences: peduncle longer than subtending petiole; bracts ovate to orbiculate, 7–15 × 6–15 mm, scarious, glandular-puberulent; flowers 15–20. Perianth: tube white to greenish, 10–15 mm, limb white, 5–7 mm diam. Fruits narrowly fusiform, 7–10 × 3–4 mm, scarious; wings absent.
Phenology: Flowering spring–summer.
Habitat: Clay soils, desert scrub to pinyon-juniper woodlands
Elevation: 1300-1900 m