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Plant Form: Stiff perennial shrub.
Size: Up to 1.5 m tall.
Stem: Erect, mostly hairless, finely ribbed, pale greyish-green.
Leaves: Bluish green up to 3 cm long, somewhat succulent, at base of spike-tipped side branches.
Flowers: Small purplish-red and yellow pea flowers, arising from auxiliary spines in groups of 1-6.
Fruit and Seeds: Seed pods up to 3 cm long and narrow with a small beak at tip, containing usually 1-5 small kidney shaped seeds.
Habitat: Drainage lines, dried creek beds, arid areas with good subsurface moisture.