Ill. Pl., 47, plate 40. 1803.
Plants erect, bright green, 0.5–10 dm, minutely and sparsely puberulous on young branches, otherwise glabrous. Stems branched above bases, glabrous; branches ascending, base fused to subtending leaves for ± 1 mm, glabrous. Leaves ascending or partly appressed to stem, green; blade narrowly linear, planoconvex, 3–20 mm, apex acute. Inflorescences much-branched; branchlets ascending, 1–120 mm, slender; glomes (1–)3(–6)-flowered; bracts similar to leaves, distal ones much shorter, 0.5–10(–20) mm or absent. Perianths obovoid to pyriform, subglobose in fruit, 1–2 × 0.6–1.2 mm; perianth segments erect, connate to 1/2 or 2/3 their length in bisexual flowers, ± completely connate in pistillate flowers, distally hooded, slightly horned near apex; stigmas (2–)3. Seeds dimorphic; subglobose, 1.2–2 mm, with seed coat black, or flat and coiled, 1.75–2.25 mm, with seed coat brownish green.
Phenology: Flowering late summer–fall.
Habitat: Alkaline and saline soils
Elevation: 1400-1900 m
Introduced; Nev., Wyo., Asia.