Bassia hirsuta is an annual C3 herb (Jacobs 2001), to 40 cm tall, bushy-branched, turning pink in autumn.
Leaves alternate, to 1.5 cm long, fleshy, linear, nearly cylindrical, hairy, blunt-tipped.
Flowers solitary in axils, 0.1 cm, 5 sepals, incurved.
Fruit dry, 0.3 cm long, 0.2 cm wide, with 3 tubercles; Aug.-Oct.
Wetland status: OBL.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Habitat: Salt marshes, saline sands.