Annual monoecious herb. Leaves semi-cylindrical at the lower part. Staminate flowers small, in small numbers among the pistillate ones; perianth lobes 5, weakly hooded; stamens 5; pistillate flowers in clusters in the leaf axils, the apical ones smaller, with fleshy, 3-5-lobed perianth, the lower ones much larger, slightly vertically winged. Pericarp adnate to the perianth; seeds vertical; heterocarpy common. One sp.,
Borsczowia aralo-caspica Bunge , C Asia.