Low-growing annual. Stems 10-25 cm, simple or divaricately branched, pruinose-glandular to puberulent, glabrescent below. Cauline leaves shortly petiolate to subsessile, oblanceolate to lanceolate, 1.5-3.5 x 0.2-0.9 cm., faintly crenate-dentate to subentire, attenuate at base. Floral leaves subsessile to sessile, oblong-lanceolate to ovate, 6-22.5 x 3-5 mm, subentire to entire, attenuate at base. Verticillasters ± approximate in a dense spike, few remote, 4-6-flowered. Pedicels 0.5-1 mm. Calyx ± regular, tubular, 7-10 mm, urceolate in fruit; teeth lanceolate-subulate, recurved, tip spinescent, more than 1/2 x calyx tube; mouth with dense hairy ring. Corolla purplish-pink, 10-12 mm, tube exserted. Nutlets obovoid, 1.3 x 1 mm. Fl. 5-7. Shaly screes and gullies of calcareous rocks, 780-1250 m.
N. Iraq. Ir.-Tur. element.