The small flowers of wislizenia refracta
form dense, elongated clusters, on a freely-branching plant that inhabits arid, semi-desert locations of the Southwestern states, favoring alkali soils. Flowers have four yellow petals and six longer yellow stamens, projecting well beyond the corolla. The plant blooms gradually, starting with the flowers nearest the base, and the inflorescence can last for several months. Leaves have a distinctive three-segment structure and grow at intervals nearly to the top of the stems. Wislizenia is a monotypic genus.