J. Arnold Arbor. 24: 230. 1943.
Shrubs, forming dense tufts and mats, 2–10 × 2–50 dm. Stems prostrate to decumbent, gray, branched, very brittle, occasionally rooting at nodes, glabrous, leaf-scars ± knobby; branches prostrate to spreading, glaucous. Leaves crowded at tips of vegetative stems; petiole flat, ± 1 mm; blade glaucous, ellipsoid to narrowly ellipsoid; 2–10 × 1–2 mm, apex rounded. Glomes usually confined to distal stems and branches, forming ± densely crowded, ascending compound spikes, 1–5-flowered; branches 1–1.5 mm diam., as thick as vegetative ones; bracts glaucous, leaflike in shape, 1–5 mm. Flowers bisexual or pistillate; perianth 2–3 mm diam.; perianth segments proximally connate; ovary ± vase-shaped with necklike extension; stigmas 2–3. Seeds horizontal or vertical, 0.8–1.2 mm; seed-coat black.
Phenology: Flowering spring–fall.
Habitat: Sandy beaches and dunes, saline flats, mostly on bare soils
Elevation: 0-200 m
Tex., Mexico, West Indies