Annual herb to about 2 m tall, erect or spreading. Leaves mostly 5-15 cm long, opposite towards the base of the stem only, more or less ovate to broadly lanceolate, becoming smooth. Seed leaves roundish to heart-shaped, flat, entire, papery, about 1 cm long. Male and female flowers on the same plant.
Cultivated mostly for ornament but may be eaten. Naturalised in southern states as a garden escape.
Source: (1997). Chenopodiaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.