It is an annual, much branched, diffusely spreading herb with watery latex. It shows much variation in height 15 to 60 cm. Leaves are glaucous, segments linear or oblong-linear, pointed at the tip. Flowers are small, rose to purple in color, borne in racemes. Racemes are very often sessile and short.
The fruit is slightly elongated and bracts are much longer. Sepals are absent or minute triangular-ovate acuminate and whitish. Corolla is very small, inner petals with a purple or greenish tip. Fruit is 2 mm long and slightly broader, sub round obovate, rugose when dry and one seeded. Seeds are dark brown in colour having a bitter acrid and astringent taste.The plant is bitter in taste, cooling, and expectorant. It increases Vata, removes indigestion, biliousness, fever, burning of the body, fatigue, urinary discharges, vomiting, thirst, enriches the blood and is useful in leprosy. The leaves are bitter and cooling.It is used as a blood purifier for skin diseases and applied externally in leucoderma and as a fomentation for swollen joints.
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%