Shrub or small tree (0.l-)0.3-3(-6) m tall, bushy or lax and spreading, with branches erect to spreading, lateral, short (flowering) and long, narrowly to broadly conical (extension). Stems 4-lined when young, eventually terete, blackish-brown, without epidermal emergences, cortex exfoliating in strips or irregular flakes; internodes 1.5-5 mm long. Leaves sessile, spreading or erect, sometimes imbricate, not markedly tetrastichous, persistent; lamina (2-)3-6(-8) x 0.3-2.2 mm, narrowly elliptic or narrowly elliptic-oblong to acerose, conduplicate to incurved, with midrib impressed beneath, margin narrowly hyaline and plane or subundulate, not glaucous, chartaceous to coriaceous; apex subacute to obtuse, cucullate, base narrowly cuneate to angustate, loosely clasping or not, pairs united to form narrow interfoliar ridge; basal vein 1, not or obscurely branched; laminar glands dense, scattered or in 1 row, impressed, usually visible beneath only. Inflorescence 1-flowered, on short lateral branches, rarely branching pseudo-dichotomously; pedicel 1.5-5 mm long; upper leaves foliose. Flowers 15-25(-30) mm in diam., stellate. Sepals 3-7 x 0.7-2.2 mm, oblong or elliptic to narrowly ovate or lanceolate, subacute to acute, cucullate, margin hyaline; veins 7-9, not or scarcely branched, midrib distally incrassate; glands linear, distally punctiform. Petals bright golden yellow to orange-yellow, 7-14(-22) x 4-10 mm, 2-3 x sepals, very obliquely, obovate; apiculus obtuse; glands striiform and punctiform. Stamens 70-110, longest 4-7 mm long, c. 0.5 x petals. Ovary 2-3.5 x 0.8-1.5 mm, ellipsoid; styles 3, 4-9 mm long, 2-4.5 x ovary, spreading; stigmas scarcely to narrowly capitateCapsule4-7 x 3-4 mm, ovoid to subglobose, equalling or exceeding sepals. Seeds 0-8-1 mm long,ecarinate; testa finely scalariform.