Description from Flora of China
Climacoptera sukaczevii Botschantzev, Sborn. Rabot, Posvyaschch. Akad. Sukachevu, 112. 1956.
Herbs annual, globose, 15-30 cm tall. Stem much branched, gray-green, densely pubescent mixed with sinuate, long hairs when young. Leaves semiterete, 1-2 cm × 1.5-2 mm, base decurrent, apex obtuse. Inflorescence spikelike, loose; bracts broadly lanceolate, apex obtuse; bractlets long ovate, slightly shorter than or subequaling perianth, apex acute. Perianth (including wings) 15-18 mm in diam. in fruit; segments lanceolate, membranous, hardened in fruit, abaxially winged from proximal middle part, densely pubescent; portion of segment above wing connivent with others into a long, thin cone, narrowly lanceolate, densely pubescent; 3 wings light purple-red or yellow-brown, semiorbicular, larger, submembranous; other 2 wings linear, smaller. Anther appendage shortly stalked, purple-red, vesicular, elliptic, slightly shorter than or subequaling anther. Style very short; stigmas subulate, 6-8 × as long as style. Seed horizontal. Fl. Jul-Aug, fr. Sep-Oct.
Sandy places, dunes. N Xinjiang [C Asia].