Shrub or small tree 0.5-4 m tall, erect, branches strict or ascending, lateral or rarely pseudo-dichotomous. Stems yellow-brown, 4-lined and ± ancipitous when young, becoming terete, without or with weak corky emergences, cortex exfoliating in strips; internodes 1.5-3 mm long. Leaves sessile, imbricate and tetrastichous at first, becoming appressed, eventually deciduous near base or persistent; lamina 4-15 x (1-)1 5-4.5 mm, narrowly or rather broadly elliptic to oblanceolate, plane or recurved or rarely concave to cucullate, not or scarcely carinate, concolorous, not glaucous, subcoriaceous to coriaceous; apex shortly acuminate to subacute, base cuneate to angustate, not sheathing, pairs free but with incomplete narrow interfoliar ridge; basal veins 3-5, diverging, all or only midrib branching, tertiary reticulation obscure or not visible; lamina glands rather dense, impressed above, ± prominent beneath. Inflorescence 1-flowered, terminal and sometimes on ± short lateral shoots, with extension shoots usually from 2nd or 3rd node below; pedicel 1-9 mm long; upper leaves foliose or bracteose. Flowers 15-27 mm in diam., stellate. Sepals 4-9 x 1.5-3 mm, narrowly oblong or elliptic to ovate-lanceolate or rarely oblanceolate, acute or shortly acuminate to obtuse; veins 5-7, branched distally or not, midrib not or scarcely prominent; glands mostly linear or up to half punctiform. Petals bright yellow to orange-yellow, sometimes margined red, (6-)8-15 x 4-8 mm, c. 2 x sepals, oblanceolate to obovate; apiculus acute; glands all linear or distally interrupted. Stamens 65-120, longest 5-8 mm long, 0.5-0.7 x petals. Ovary 2-3 x 1-2 mm, ± broadly ovoid; styles 3, (5-)6-9 mm long, 2-4 x ovary, free, spreading, distally incurved; stigmas small or subcapitate. Capsule 4-6 x 3.5-5 mm, broadly ovoid to globose, shorter than sepals. Seeds c. 1 mm long, ecarinate; testa finely scalariform.