Family, Buckwheat. Color, greenish white or pinkish. Leaves, small, thickish, narrowly oblong, jointed to the sheathing stipules, their margins often turned back. Low and smooth plants, with nearly sessile small flowers, 1 to 3 clustered in the axils, without true corolla, but with a 5 or 6-parted, petal-like calyx. Stamens, 8. Style, 1. Achene, triangular, smooth, shining. Flower pedicels slender, jointed, and stem deeply lined. July to September.

The sheaths, ocreae, in this Family are large, silvery, becoming brown at base, torn or fringed on their edges. From Maine to Florida, in sand, on the shore. (See Pink Group, p. 251.)