Shrub 0.3-1 .5 m tall, erect, often unbranched below, much branched pseudo-dichotomously above, forming spreading flat-topped crown; horizontal roots bearing adventitious shoots form thickets. Stems red-brown, 4-6-lined and ancipitous when young, soon 2-lined; cortex exfoliating in strips; bark thin, reddish brown to grey, not corky. Leaves sessile, appressed or spreading, 15-26 x 5-8(- ll)mm, elliptic, margin subrecurved to subincrassate, paler beneath, markedly glaucous above only, coriaceous, soon deciduous at base leaving prominent gland-like auricles, apex obtuse to acute, base cuneate to subrounded; venation: up to 4 pairs of laterals sometimes visible: laminar glands dense. Inflorescence 1-flowered with repeated pseudo-dichotomous branching; pedicels 3-5 mm; bracts foliar; bracteoles lanceolate. Flowers 15-20 mm in diam.; buds compressed-subglobose. Sepals 4, markedly unequal, not? enlarging in fruit; outer (8-)9-13(-17) x (5-)6-8(-9) mm, broadly ovate, acute to subacuminate, base cordate, basal veins 5-7, midrib not or obscurely branched; inner c. 5-6 x 0.6-1.2 mm, linear- lanceolate, acuminate, basal veins 5, midrib unbranched. Petals 4, bright? yellow, (10-) 12-1 8 x (5-)6-l 1 mm, c. 1 .2 x sepals, obovate with apiculus lateral, acute. Stamens c. 70-80, longest 6-7 mm, c. 0.5 x petals. Ovary 3-merous, 3.5-4 x c. 1.5 mm, narrowly triangular-ovoid, acute, placentation parietal?; styles 3-4, 2-3 mm long, 0.6-0.75 x ovary, wholly appressed. Capsule 5-8 x (3?-)4 mm, triangular-ovoid, acute, 3-4-lobed. Seeds brown to yellow- brown, c. 0.8 mm long, ecarinate; testa 'reticulate' (Godfrey & Wooten).