A perennial herb covered in white bristles, up to 50cm in height. Leaves: Opposite, oblong with an acute tip and entire margins.Flowers: White with yellow and brown blotches in the centre of the five fused petals, face downwards. Fruit: Four nutlets, with spiny margins, enclosed in an enlarged calyx. Flowering period: Most of the year, if near water. Habitat: Coastal and dry areas of the Dhofar escarpment. Altitude: up to 500m. Uses: The whole plant is collected and pounded into a paste which is used to treat mastitis in both women and livestock.