Shrublet or wiry perennial herb 0.09-0.2 m tall and sometimes prostrate and to c. 0.4 m long, with taproot, erect or decumbent and rooting, sometimes mat-forming; branches from below inflorescence and sometimes lateral, strict or very rarely divaricate. Stems reddish-brown, 4-lined, ancipitous and densely gland-dotted when young, eventually terete, cortex exfoliating in strips; internodes1-5 mm long. Leaves sessile, appressed to spreading, longer to shorter than internodes, persistent; lamina 0.5-5 x 0.3-1.2 mm, linear to very narrowly oblong, margin plane to incurved, entire, sometimes cucullate, midrib prominent but not scabrid beneath, concolorous, not glaucous, subcoriaceous; apex acute, base parallel-sided, free; basal vein 1, unbranched; laminar glands dense, sometimes prominent beneath. Inflorescence 1-flowered, branching pseudo-dichotomous, also sometimes from lateral branches; peduncle 2-4.5 mm long, not incrassate upwards; bracts foliar. Flowers 5-10 mm in diam., infundibular. Sepals 2-3(-4) x 0.7-0.9 mm, unequal, narrowly oblong or narrowly elliptic-oblong to lanceolate, acute; veins 3-5, unbranched, becoming prominent; glands linear, distally striiform to punctiform. Petals bright yellow to orange, tinged red outside in bud, 4.5-5 x 1.5-2 mm, c. 1.5-2 x sepals, oblong- oblanceolate; apiculus acute; glands striiform to punctiform. Stamens 10-15, longest 3.5-4.5 mm long, c. 0.8 x petals, in 5 distinct fascicles. Ovary 1-1.5 x 0.5-1 mm, narrowly ovoid-ellipsoid, trigonous; styles 3, 2.5-3 mm long, c. 2 x ovary, very slender, spreading; stigmas broadly capitate to peltate. Capsule 3-5 x 1.8-2.5 mm, narrowly cylindric to narrowly ellipsoid, acute, exceeding sepals. Seeds 0.5-0.6 mm long, ecarinate; testa finely scalariform.