Annual to perennial, covered with whitish pruinose or sessile glands or glabrous shrublet. Stem basally somewhat woody, branches procumbent or erect, cylindrical, striate, internodes 2.5-5 cm long. Leaves mostly unifoliolate or basal ones trifoliolate and upper unifoliolate, leaflets linear-oblong or lanceolate, 6-35 mm long, 3-4 mm broad, mucronate, short to long petioled or sessile; stipular spines awl shaped, patent to ascending, equal to shorter than leaves, occasionally deficient or minute. Flowers mediocre, c. 1.2 cm across, pinkish-purple; pedicel 4-6 mm long. Sepals ovate, c. 3-4 mm long, c. 1.5 mm broad, glandular outside, acute, persistent. Petals spathulate, c. 6 mm long, c. 3 mm broad, obtuse. Stamens with c. 6 mm long filaments. Capsule 3-4 mm long and broad, pubescent, pedicel equal to about twice as long as fruit.
Distribution: Indo-Pakistan subcontinent westwards to North and East tropical Africa in arid and semi-arid regions.