Perennial herb or sometimes suffruticose, 0.15-0.33(-0.45) m tall, bushy. erect or more rarely ascending from woody caudex, rarely rooting at the base, branching at most nodes, with branches strict. Stems 4-lined and ± ancipitous at first, eventually terete, eglandular; internodes 3-10 mm, shorter than leaves. Leaves sessile to shortly petiolate (to 0.5 mm), tardily deciduous; lamina 13-32 ´ 1.5-8 mm, narrowly elliptic or narrowly oblong to linear (l:b = 4-10), concolorous, glaucescent?, often conduplicate and sometimes falcate, subcoriaceous; apex acute to subacute, margin entire, base cuneate; venation: 2-3(4) pairs of main laterals from lower 2/5 of midrib, with tertiary reticulation obscure and slightly prominent or invisible; laminar glands punctiform, small, pale and sometimes a few black; intramarginal glands black, spaced (10-12). Inflorescence 1-c. 17-flowered, terminal, often with flowering branches from 1-2 nodes below, the whole then cylindric; pedicels 1-3.5 mm; upper leaf pairs ± bracteose; bracteoles lanceolate to linear-elliptic, entire. Flowers 20-35(-40) mm in diam., stellate or reflexed; buds ovoid-cylindric to ovoid, acute. Sepals unequal, imbricate, 6-9 ´ 2-3 mm, broadly to narrowly ovate, acute to acuminate, entire or ± eroded-denticulate; veins 9-11, branching; laminar glands pale, linear to striiform, and rarely 1-2 black, punctiform; marginal glands black, few or absent. Petals golden yellow, not red-tinged in bud, (10-)12-15 ´ 4-5 mm, c. 1.7-2 ´ sepals, obovate to oblong-obovate, apiculus absent or almost so, margin entire or undulate-crenate; laminar glands pale, linear to striiform; marginal glands black, ± numerous, sessile or impressed. Stamens 40-80(-100?), '3'-fascicled, longest 8-10(-12) mm, c. 0.8 ´ petals; anther gland amber. Ovary 3-locular, 3-4 ´ 1.8-2 mm, narrowly ovoid; styles 3, 6-9(-12) mm, 2-2.7(-3) ´ ovary, free, divergent; stigma narrowly capitate. Capsule 6-9 ´ 4-4.5 mm, narrowly ovoid, about equalling sepals; valves longitudinally vittate. Seeds dark brown, c. 1.5 mm long, cylindric, not carinate or appendiculate; testa minutely and shallowly pitted.