Branched, somewhat woody perennial, older stems leafless, up to 50cm in height. Leaves: Succulent, often bright red, surround the stem giving the appearance of swollen nodes. Flowers: Minute, fleshy, in clusters between the stem joints. Fruit: Nutlet with tiny seeds. Flowering period: October to February. Habitat: Along coastal and inland salt flats. Altitude: Usually along the coast, sometimes up to 100 m. Note: Tolerant of high salinity.