Cistanthe monandra
EPHEMERAL ANNUAL.  An odd creeping plant.  Leaves spatulate, thick and fleshy, prominently wrinkled, shiny.  Tiny pink flowers, nearly hidden in half-moon-shaped translucent bracts at the ends of branches, bloom in April and are followed by triangular seeds that extend beyond the bracts. In the Empires, rare on stony hilltops, usually among dark-colored rocks (volcanics, arkose, etc.).
FAMILY:  Portulacaceae (Purslane Family)