Aug. 15, 2020

Help solve this mystery

This plant was about six inches tall. It was a single unbranched stem, with leaves up to about an inch long, all pressed against the stem. No current flowers. It was growing in seasonally dry sand over a marl bed. It may be an impoverished individual from a species that would be more enthusiastic in favorable habitat. I get the feeling of seeing a past acquaintance who's name wont come to me. Lately I've been able to use my age as an excuse when I ask. That won't work here. Anybody recognize it?