Flowers pink, mauve, magenta or red.
Sepals herbaceous, green with white membranous margins, broadly ovate, about 4 mm. long in fruit.
Staminodes many, petaloid, delicately membranous, fugaceous, at first shorter, then longer than the sepals.
Bracts lanceolate, membranous, up to 3 mm. long.
Leaves petiolate; blade oblanceolate-obovate, obovate-spathulate, or obovate, 4.5–65 mm. long, 2–33 mm. broad, entire, subsucculent, glaucous, apex apiculate, base cuneate; the petiole winged, 1.5–11 mm. long.
Inflorescences terminal but overtopped and thus appearing lateral, leaf-opposed, few- to many-flowered, lax, racemiform, 1–17 cm. long.
An erect, decumbent or prostrate glabrous annual or short-lived perennial herb up to 45 cm. high.
Stems branched, wiry, often (like the rootstock) subwoody at the base, up to 100 cm. long, the internodes with narrow ridges decurrent from the petiole-bases.
Stems branched, often sub-woody at base, sometimes very long, the internodes with narrow ridges decurrent from the petiole bases.
Erect, procumbent, prostrate or prostrate-ascending annual or short-lived perennial succulent herb up to 50 cm. high, sometimes with woody rootstock.
Perianth-segments C. 4 mm. long in fruit, herbaceous, with white membranous margins, broadly ovate.
Flowers pink, mauve or magenta, shortly pedicellate.
Inflorescences at first terminal but then overtopped and appearing lateral, up to c. 20 cm. long, few-many-flowered, loose, racemose, with lanceolate, membranous bracts up to 3 mm. long.
Leaves alternate, petiolate, fleshy; laminas 4–60 × 3–36 mm., oblanceolate-obovate, obovate-spathulate, obovate or orbicular, entire, apex apiculate, base cuneate, glaucous, sometimes turning purple; petiole 1–13 mm. long, winged.
Fruit yellowish-green, shining, c. as long as perianth.
Seeds purplish-black, concentrically ridged, with white aril.
Staminodes many, petaloid, membranous, fugacious, finally longer than perianth-segments.