Dysphania is a genus of herbs covered with stalked, glandular hairs (trichomes), and sometimes also with unstalked glands or sometimes nearly smooth. They are distinguished from Chenopodiums by the lack of “mealy”, white hairs (Clemants and Mosyakin in Flora of North America). Red pigments are betalains rather than anthocyanins.
Leaves alternate, simple, no stipules.
Flowers green to reddish, radially symmetrical, very small, no petals, calyx usually 1-5 parted, lobes mostly blunt, curved over superior ovary, stamens same number as sepals; inflorescence mostly of small, head-like flower clusters, in spike-like or branched arrangements.
Fruit dry, thin-walled, 1-seeded, surrounded by persistent calyx.