Plants annual, infrequently perennial. Stems decumbent to ascending, much branched, elongate, reddish at least basally, glandular-pubescent, rarely glabrous or viscid-pubescent. Leaves: petiole 1–4.5 cm; blade broadly ovate to orbiculate, 1–5 × 0.5–3 cm, margins entire or ± repand and undulate, surfaces glabrous or sparsely glandular-pubescent. Inflorescences: peduncle longer than subtending petiole; bracts lanceolate to ovate, 3–10 × 1–5 mm, papery, puberulent to densely glandular-pubescent; flowers 15–35. Perianth: tube greenish to coral pink, 6–18 mm, limb white to pale pink, 5–8 mm diam. Fruits winged, turbinate, 3–8 × 3–6 mm, coriaceous, apex broadly tapered to prominent beak; wings (2–)5 (when 2, folded together) truncate distally with conspicuous dilations, cavities extending throughout.
Phenology: Flowering spring–fall.
Habitat: Sandy soils, desert scrub
Elevation: 900-2500 m
Calif., Nev., Oreg.