Fruit shortly cylindrical, (1.5)2–2.25 mm. long, densely erect-pilose on the firm, flat apex, the delicate walls glabrous; seed brown, c. 2 mm. long, shining, feebly reticulate (not perfectly mature).
Stamens (2.5)3.5–4 mm. long; filaments slender, abruptly expanded in about the basal one-third and fused into a cup, with acute sinuses between; anthers narrowly oblong, c. 1 mm. long.
Dwarf shrub, 8–45 cm. tall, much-branched and frequently gnarled about the base; branches terete, striate, the older parts glabrescent with a greyish to brownish cortex, the young twigs densely canescent with appressed, whitish hairs.
Bracts deltoid lanceolate, hyaline, (3)4–5 mm. long, densely pilose centrally below and at the apex, shortly aristate with the excurrent darker midrib.
Inflorescence 1.5–2 cm. in diam., hemispherical in flower and more or less spherical in fruit, formed of densely set partial inflorescences of 1–2 fertile and 1–2 sterile flowers (very occasionally a triad may be found in the largest plants).
Leaves narrowly or broadly elliptic to lanceolate or ovate, 10–30 (40) × 3–12 (17) cm., subacute to acute (obtuse to retuse occasionally in the inferior leaves), equally densely furnished on both surfaces with appressed whitish hairs or somewnat less so above (glabrescent and darkening with age), cuneate or attenuate at the base with a short (2–5 mm. long) petiole.
Ovary pyriform, c. 1 mm. long, furnished with dense, erect, white hairs except at the extreme base; style slender, c. 3–4 mm. long.
Outer 2 tepals of fertile flowers c. (5.5)7–9 mm. long, lanceolate, obscurely 3-nerved, the excurrent midrib forming an arista (2)3–4 mm. long, margins hyaline below; inner 3 tepals similar, scarcely shorter but more expanded below with broader hyaline margins; aristae of all tepals plumose-hairy.
Sterile flowers of a few (2–4) narrow, plumose-hairy, linear, bracteoliform processes.
Bracteoles of the partial inflorescences (5)7.7.5 mm. long, narrowly deltoid-ovate, hyaline, the darker midrib forming a plumose-hairy arista (1)2–3 mm. long; bracteoles of the sterile flowers c. (5)7 mm. long, densely hairy except at the extreme base, basal half narrowly elliptical or lanceolate, the upper half an arista formed by the excurrent plumose-pilose midrib.