Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 1: 220. 1753.
erect or decumbent, branched, 1.5-5(-10) dm, glabrous.
nonaromatic; petiole to 1.7 cm; blade ovate to elliptic or oblong, 1.5-4(-8) × 0.4-2.5 cm, base rounded to cuneate, apex obtuse to rounded or acute, glabrous.
lateral cymes, sometimes terminal and axillary spikelike panicles; bracts absent or leaflike and gradually reduced in size distally.
perianth segments 5, distinct nearly to base, lobes elliptic to oblong, 0.7-1 × 0.5-0.8 mm, apex obtuse or rounded, not keeled, glabrous, not covering fruit at maturity; stamen 1; stigmas 2, 0.1 mm.
depressed-ovoid; pericarp nonadherent, smooth.
0.8-1.3 mm diam.; seed coat brown-black, dull.
Varieties 2 (2 in the flora): introduced; Europe, n Asia.