Annual; stem slender, 8-30 cm high, simple or branched, slightly angulate. Basal leaves stalked, cuneiform, stem leaves linear to lanceolate, rarely ovate, 1-5 by 1-1.6 cm, margin ciliate, surface glabrous on both sides, sometimes with small tubercles of mineralized cells.
Asia-Tropical: Jawa (Jawa cultivated), Europe: Portugal (Portugal present); Spain (Spain present), Southern France present
Southern France, Portugal, Spain; Malesia: introduced in Java in cultivation.
No specimens from the Malesian area could be examined. The description is taken from Brand in Engler, Pflanzenreich. According to Backer and Bakhuizen van den Brink, I.c., the plants from Java belong to var. obtusata DC., Prodr. 10 (1846) 161 and are described a little different in some details: Plants 15—60 cm high. Leaves elongate- spathulate, 2-10 cm long, 0.25-1.5 cm wide, glaucous, rough from few, scattered hairs. Calyx 4-5 mm long at flowering time, strongly accrescent, with spreading lobes, up to 1.5 cm across. Nutlets ovoid, 4.5-5 mm long, acutely keeled.