Inflorescences 1.5–4 cm. long; bracts resembling the stipules.
Male flowers: pedicels 1 mm. long; calyx-lobes lanceolate, 3 mm. long, 1 mm. wide, acute, stellate-pubescent without, glabrous within; petals elliptic-oblong, 3 mm. long, 1 mm. wide, subacute or obtuse, lepidote without, glabrous within, pink; disc ± 1 mm. diameter; staminal column 4 mm. high, anthers 15, (2–)3-seriate, 1 mm. long.
Petioles (0.5–)1.5–4(–5.5) cm. long; blade broadly ovate, ovate or ovate-rhombic, sometimes shallowly trilobate, 1.5–5 cm. long, 1–4(–4.5) cm. broad, obtuse or rounded, somewhat asymmetrically subcuneate, truncate or shallowly cordate, with 2 discoid or shallowly crateriform shining blackish-purple glands with inrolled minutely pubescent margins, at the base near the junction with the petiole, plicate-undulate when young, later ± flat and irregularly shallowly repand-dentate to subentire, thinly chartaceous, 3–5-nerved from the base, lateral nerves 2–3 pairs, tertiary nerve network arachnoid, not prominent above and only slightly so beneath, bullate above and correspondingly foveolate beneath when young, the bullae often overlapping incubously, later becoming ± plane.
Seeds ovoid-subglobose, apiculate, 3.5 mm. long, 3 mm. diameter, minutely tuberculate-rugulose or ± smooth, pale grey.
Female flowers: pedicels 3–7 mm. long, extending to 2.5–3 cm. in fruit; sepals linear-lanceolate, 1.5–2 mm. long, 0.5 mm. wide, acute, stellate-pubescent without, minutely simply pubescent within; petals minute or 0; disc ± as in the ♂ flowers; ovary tridymous, 2 mm. long, 2 mm. diameter, densely stellate-pubescent; styles 1.5–2 mm. long, deeply bifid, abaxially stellate-pubescent, adaxially coarsely papillose, red.
Fruit strongly tridymous, 4–5 mm. long, 8–9 mm. diameter, densely stellate-pubescent, green at first, later becoming bluish or reddish purple.
Stellate hairs stipitate or not.
A prostrate or ascending, softly white stellate-pubescent bushy annual herb up to 0.5 m. high and 1.5 m. across.
Stems terete or rounded-trigonous.
Seeds 3.5 × 3 mm, minutely tuberculate-rugulose or ± smooth; sarcotesta papery when dry, pale grey; sclerotesta dark brownish or blackish.
Fruit 4–5 × 7–9 mm, strongly 3-lobed, densely stellate-pubescent, green at first, later reddish- or bluish-purple.
Female flowers: pedicels 3–7 mm long, extending to 1.5–2 cm in fruit; sepals 1.5–2 × 0.5 mm, linear-lanceolate, acute, stellate-pubescent without, simply puberulous within; petals minute or absent; disk more or less as in the male flowers; ovary 2 × 2 mm, 3-lobed, densely stellate-pubescent; styles 1.5–2 mm long, abaxially stellate-pubescent, adaxially coarsely-papillose, crimson.
A prostrate, decumbent or ± erect, branched annual or perennial herb up to c. 50 cm high.
Leaf blades 1.5–7 × 1–5.5 cm, broadly ovate to rhombic-ovate, sometimes shallowly 3-lobed, obtuse or rounded at the apex, asymmetrically cuneate, truncate or shallowly cordate at the base, plicate-undulate at first, later ± flat and shallowly repand-dentate or ± entire on the margin, thinly chartaceous, with 2 discoid dark purple glands at the base, 3–5-nerved from the base; leaf upper surface at first incubously bullate, later ± flat; lateral nerves in 2–3 pairs, tertiary nerves arachnoid, scarcely prominent on both surfaces.
Inflorescences 1.5–3.5 cm long; bracts resembling the stipules.
Male flowers: pedicels c. 1 mm long; calyx lobes 3 × 1 mm, lanceolate, acute, stellate-pubescent without, glabrous within; petals 3 × 1 mm, elliptic-oblong, ± obtuse, lepidote without, glabrous within, yellowish-orange or pinkish; disk c. 1 mm in diameter; staminal column 4 mm high, anthers 15 in (2)3 series, 1 mm long.