Shrub or perennial forb to 30cm tall. Leaves usually succulent, 0.5-1.5cm long, cylindrical to flattened cylindrical, hairy, becoming hairless with age. Flowers small (less than 3mm across), solitary at the bases of the leaves. Burrs sparsely hairy with 2 (rarely 3) longer spines, and 1-2 inconspicuous spines. Endangered Vic. Threatened list Vic.
Description (as Bassia ventricosa) (pages 257-258) and line drawing of burr (Fig. 46-31 page 253) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales
eFlora of South Australia description with line drawing of burr: http://www.flora.sa.gov.au/cgi-bin/speciesfacts_display.cgi?form=speciesfacts&name=Sclerolaena_ventricosa