Berteroa incana is an annual to short-lived perennial herb, gray-green, stiff, erect, to 70 cm tall, branched above, stems downy.
Leaves alternate, 2-5 cm long, narrow, widest above middle (oblanceolate), margin smooth, gray-green, ca 3 cm.
Flowers white, 3 mm wide, petals 4, deeply 2-lobed, narrowed to base, flowers at top of elongating crowded racemes, blooming June-Sept.
Fruit dry, pods elliptic-rounded, downy, beaked at tip, 0.5-0.8 cm long, 0.3-0.4 cm wide; round; seeds 3-6 per side; winter plant with translucent fruit septa remaining (Levine 1995).
Wetland status: UPL.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Habitat: Open, dry upland areas, roadsides, fill.