Shrub 0-5-3 m tall, bushy, with stems erect to arching, not or weakly (?) frondose. Stems reddish to yellowish, 4-lined and ancipitous when young, usually eventually 2-lined or terete; internodes 10-20 mm long, usually shorter than leaves; bark reddish-brown. Leaves subsessile or with petiole to c. 1 mm long; lamina 10-40 x 4-16 mm, narrowly elliptic or elliptic-oblong to lanceolate or ovate, acute to obtuse or more rarely rounded, margin plane, base angustate or cuneate to rounded, densely glaucous beneath, chartaceous; venation: 2-3(4) pairs main laterals, with midrib branched distally, without or with scarcely visible lax tertiary reticulum; laminar glands streaks and dots; ventral glands sparse to dense. Inflorescence l-5(-7)-flowered, from 1-2 nodes, subcorymbiform, usually with short apical internode, sometimes with l(2)-flowered branches from middle region of stem; pedicels 4-7 mm long; bracts narrowly oblong to lanceolate, deciduous. Flowers 15-52 mm in diam., stellate-incurved to cyathiform; buds broadly ovoid to globose, subacute to rounded. Sepals 4-9 x 2.5-6 mm, free, imbricate, unequal, erect or (?) rarely ± spreading bud and fruit, oblong or elliptic to obovate-spathulate or broadly ovate or circular, acute (rarely) or apiculate to obtuse or rounded, with margin entire or ± eroded-denticulate, hyaline; midrib distinct or not, veins not or rarely slightly prominent; laminar glands linear to punctiform, numerous; intramarginal glands dense. Petals golden to pale yellow, sometimes tinged red, ± spreading or incurved, 8-25 x 6-15 mm, 2-4 x sepals, narrowly to broadly obovate, with apiculus lateral, rounded to obscure; margin entire, with a row of inframarginal gland dots. Stamen fascicles each with (30-)40-60 stamens, longest 5-13 mm long, c. 0.5 x petals; anthers deep yellow. Ovary 3.5-7 x 2.5-5.5 mm, ± broadly ovoid; styles 2.5-6 mm long, 0.7-1.2 x ovary, erect, outcurved towards apex; stigmas scarcely capitate. Capsule 9-12 x 8-10 mm, narrowly ovoid-pyramidal to subglobose. Seeds dark brown, 1-1.2 mm long, cylindric, not or scarcely carinate, shallowly linear-foveolate.