PLANTS: Herbs 5-34 em tall, the aerial stem not overwintering. LEAVES: linear or lanceolate, rarely elliptic, gray-green above and below, thick and succulent, very glaucous, 0.5-4.5 em long; lateral veins obscure. FLOWERS: perianth lobes narrowly lanceolate, (2.5-)3-4 mm long. FRUIT: sometimes slightly roughened, 6-9 mm long. NOTES: See also parent taxon for further description. Open rocky slopes, occasionally in desert areas; all cos. except Yuma and La Paz; 650-2500 m (220-8200 ft); Manitoba and British Columbia, Can., s to NM, TX; Coah., Son., Mex. REFERENCES: Laferriere, Joseph E. 1994. Santalaceae. J. Ariz. - Nev. Acad. Sci. Volume 27(2), 240.