Subshrub 0.4-1 m tall, erect, 1-stemmed, with branches spreading or ascending, lateral only. Stems dull red-brown, 4- lined and ancipitous when young, soon terete, cortex exfoliating irregularly; internodes 7-25 mm long, exceeding or shorter than leaves. Leaves perfoliate, spreading; lamina 10-22 x 7-10 mm, ovate-deltoid to oblong, margin recurved to revolute, paler beneath, not glaucous, chartaceous; apex acute to apiculate or obtuse, bases 2/3 to completely connate; basal vein 1, midrib pinnately branched with 4-5 main laterals, tertiary reticulum dense; laminar glands rather sparse, prominent beneath or obscure. Inflorescence 3-12- flowered, dichasial/monochasial from 1-2 nodes, sometimes with 1-3 pairs of lateral branches, the whole broadly pyramidal; primary pedicels 2-3 mm long; bracts and bracteoles triangular-subulate. Flowers 9-15(-20) mm in diam., stellate; buds ovoid, acute to subacute. Sepals 3-4 x 1-1.5 mm, subequal, imbricate, narrowly oblong to elliptic or oblanceolate, acute to obtuse; veins 5-9, midrib or all slightly prominent; glands linear, sometimes distally punctiform. Petals orange-yellow to orange, 9-11 x 3.5-4 mm, c. 3 x sepals, obovate-oblanceolate; apiculus subacute; glands linear. Stamens 30-50(-60), irregularly grouped, longest c. 3 mm long, c. 0.3 x petals. Ovary 2 x 1.3-1.5 mm, ellipsoid; styles 5, 3-3.5 mm long, 1.5-1.75 x ovary, spreading; stigmas capitate-clavate. Capsule 4-5 x 3.5-4.5 mm, globose, rounded to shortly rostrate, slightly shortly than sepals. Seeds 0.5 mm long; testa ribbed-scalariform.