Plants perennial. Stems prostrate, often buried, often extensively branched, forming large mats, succulent, densely glandular-pubescent. Leaves: petiole 0.5–3 cm; blade elliptic to oblong or nearly obovate, 5–6.8 × 2.3–4.3 cm, margins usually entire, sometimes ± repand and undulate, surfaces minutely viscid-puberulent. Inflorescences: peduncle longer than subtending petiole; bracts lanceolate to lance-ovate, 7–11 × 3–4 mm, papery, minutely glandular to glandular-pubescent; flowers 10–18. Perianth: tube red to reddish green, 6–10 mm, limb deep purplish red, 7–10 mm diam., lobes tightly reflexed. Fruits turbinate, 10–14 × 6–18 mm, thick, indurate, apex irregularly truncate and ± beaked; wings 3–5, without cavities.
Phenology: Flowering year-round.
Habitat: Foredunes and unstable dunes near strand
Elevation: 0-50 m
Calif., Mexico (Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sinaloa, Sonora).