Description from Flora of China
Axyris amaranthoides f. nana (W. Wang & P. Y. Fu) Kitagawa; Axyris amaranthoides var. nana W. Wang & P. Y. Fu.
Plants 5-40 cm tall. Stems erect, branched from base; branches often obliquely spreading or ascending, stellate hairy when young. Petiole shorter than leaf blade; leaf blade ovate, elliptic, or oblong-lanceolate, 0.5-3.5 × 0.2-1 cm, hairy on both surfaces, base cuneate or attenuate, margin entire, apex obtuse or acuminate; veins prominent abaxially. Male flowers: perianth segments 3, oblong, membranous, abaxially hairy, base attenuate, apex obtuse; stamens 3, exserted. Female flowers: perianth segments 3. Utricle broadly ellipsoid-obovoid, 1.5-2 × ca. 1.5 mm, encircled by wrinkles, with 2 small, triangular appendages apically. Fl. and fr. Jul-Aug.
Slopes, sand dunes, exposed river mud, field margins, roadsides. Gansu, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Henan, Nei Mongol, Qinghai, Shanxi, Xinjiang, Xizang, Yunnan [Kashmir, Mongolia, Nepal, SE Russia; C and SW Asia].