A thickly branched shrub with gray bark and numerous spurs bearing small leaves. Found on rocky slopes of canyons and hills. Leaves more or less elliptic, dark green on the upper surface and grayish green on the lower, with rolled down, toothed margins. Blades in full sun generally less than 5/8 inch long, gray and densely hairy on the lower surface, and appearing to be twisted or distorted; blades in the shade up to 2 inches long, flat and light green on the lower surface. Flowers inconspicuous. Fruit a 3 lobed spherical capsule about 3/5 inch in diameter.
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