Leaves ovate to elliptic, to 10 mm long, margins entire; sessile or subsessile.
Flowers in axillary clusters.
Fruiting bracteoles with a stipe-like base, upper portion 3-lobed with the central lobe prominent, 2–3.5 mm long. Appendages present or absent.
| ||Key to the varieties|| |
|1||Bracteoles without appendages; generally in heavy soil.||var. crassipes|
|Bracteoles with a pair of appendages (small teeth or antler-like at base of tube on outer bracteole) on one face; in loam or clay soil.||var. appendiculata|