Shrub 0.1-0.5 m tall or rarely taller, with branches straggling and rooting, forming low rounded clumps or mats. Stems reddish, 6-lined and ancipitous when young, sometimes eventually 4-lined, then terete; cortex exfoliating in strips or flakes; bark smooth, thin. Leaves sessile, with those in axillary clusters smaller; lamina 13-25 x 0.5-0.8 mm, linear-subulate, with margin revolute, paler but not glaucous beneath, with lamina sometimes visible on both sides of midrib, chartaceous, deciduous at basal articulation, apex rounded to retuse with prominent hydathode, base parallel; midrib unbranched; laminar glands rather dense, visible beneath only. Inflorescence 1-3-flowered, without accessory flowers, with l-3(?-5)-flowered dichasia from up to 5 nodes below, without flowering branches, the whole narrowly pyramidal; pedicels c. 0.5 mm long; bracts foliar. Flowers c. 12-14 mm in diam.; buds broadly ovoid. Sepals 5, (3-) 4.5-7 x 0.5-0.8 mm, unequal, linear-subulate, subacute to rounded, 1 -veined. Petals 5, golden yellow, spreading, 5-7.5 x 3-4 mm, oblanceolate-oblong with apiculus obtuse. Stamens c. 100, longest (5-)6-7 mm, almost equalling petals. Ovary 3-merous, c. 3 x 1 mm, narrowly triangular-ovoid; styles 3, 2.5-3 mm long, 0.8-1 x ovary, separating in fruit or earlier; placentation parietal? Capsule 3-4 x 2- 2.5 mm, 'ovoid', shorter than sepals, thinly coriaceous. Seeds black, carinate?, 0.7 mm long; testa not seen.