Family, Goosefoot. No leaves, but stem fleshy, jointed, and the whole plant becomes reddish with age.

There are many coarse, uninteresting, weed-like plants along the seashore. Those which belong to the Goosefoot Family have little beauty of form or color, being devoid of a corolla. This one is low, fleshy, with a thick spike of flowers in groups of threes, the middle one higher than the side flowers, all sunk in hollows in the axils of the upper scales,

The small calyx is inflated like a bladder, irregularly toothed along the margin. In salt marshes.