It is an annual herb growing erect to heights approaching 35 to 45 centimeters, or prostrate in a creeping mat. It is green to magenta in color and non-aromatic. The leaves may be several centimeters long and vary in shape from smooth-edged and oval to triangular and lobed or toothed. The inflorescence is a small, dense cluster of tiny flowers, each flower with its three-lobed calyx enclosing the developing fruit.
^ abSusy Fuentes-Bazan, Pertti Uotila, Thomas Borsch: A novel phylogeny-based generic classification for Chenopodium sensu lato, and a tribal rearrangement of Chenopodioideae (Chenopodiaceae). In: Willdenowia. Vol. 42, No. 1, 2012, p. 15-16, online