Shrub or perennial forb to 30cm tall, erect or sprawling. Leaves succulent, 0.5-1.5cm long, narrow cylindrical to flattened cylindrical, hairless to hairy, with pointed tips. Flowers tiny (less than 3mm across), solitary at the bases of the leaves. Burrs hairless, with 2-3 spines, rarely 4 or 5. Vulnerable Vic.
Description and photo (as Bassia decurrens) (page 251) and line drawing of burr (Fig. 46-14 page 253) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales