Petioles 2–5(–9) mm. long, cream-lepidote or yellowish stellate-lepidote; leaf-blade elliptic-ovate, oblong-ovate or ovate-lanceolate, 2.5–7(–11) cm. long, 1–3(–4.5) cm. wide, obtuse or emarginate, rounded or shallowly cordate, with minute stipitate basal glands usually not visible from above, entire, firmly membranous or subchartaceous, lateral nerves 7–11 pairs, slightly prominent beneath, uniformly thinly stellate-pubescent and yellowish green above, shiny silvery or cream-lepidote beneath, the scales either unadorned or with their central bosses stellate-pubescent.
Young twigs densely yellowish or silvery lepidote, the scales sometimes stellate-pubescent on their central bosses, falling after the first season or remaining the following season; older twigs pale greyish brown.
A monoecious much-branched shrub up to 5 m. tall.
Male flowers: pedicels 2–5 mm. long, slender, yellow lepidote or stellate-lepidote; sepals 5, ovate, 2 mm. long, 1.5 mm. wide, subacute, yellow or yellow-brown lepidote or stellate-lepidote without, glabrous within, pale yellow-green; petals 5, linear-oblong or linear-oblanceolate, 2 mm. long, 0.5 mm. wide, ciliate on the margin, pubescent within, glabrous without; disc minute or 0; stamens 12–15, filaments 2 mm. long, glabrous, anthers 0.5 mm. long; receptacle pilose.
Racemes terminal, up to 5 cm. long, but more often 1–3 cm. long, ♂ for most of their length, but with 1–4 ♀ flowers at the base, axis yellow lepidote or stellate-lepidote; bracts deltate, 0.75 mm. long,lepidote, ciliate.
Stipules lanceolate, 0.75 mm. long, somewhat obscured by the scales, caducous.
Fruit 3-lobed, 6–7 mm. long, 7–9 mm. diameter, septicidal, yellow lepidote and black spotted owing to the darker coloration of the central bosses of some of the scales.
Seeds oblong-ovoid, 6 mm. long, 4 mm. wide, brown or greyish, shiny, with a ± convex caruncle 2 mm. wide.
Female flowers: pedicels 2–3 mm. long, extending to 4 mm. in fruit, stouter than in the ♂, yellow or yellow-brown lepidote or stellate-lepidote; calyx 5-lobed, the lobes resembling the ♂ sepals; petals 0; disc annular; ovary subglobose, 2 mm. diameter, densely yellow-brown, brown or black lepidote or stellate-lepidote; styles 3–4, spreading or incurved, 2.5 mm. long, lepidote at the base, otherwise glabrous, deeply bipartite, the lobes linear, entire or bifid at the apex.
Fruits 6–7 × 6–8 mm, subglobose-trigonous, septicidal, densely lepidote, pale silvery-green or cream-green, sometimes black-speckled.
Female flowers: pedicels 2–4 mm long, stouter than in the male, densely lepidote; sepals 5, c. 2 × 1 mm, triangular-ovate, otherwise as in the male; petals absent; disk 5-lobed, the lobes truncate, glabrous; ovary 1.5 mm in diameter, subglobose, densely yellowish-lepidote; styles 3, 2–3 mm long, erect or spreading, deeply 2-partite, the segments linear-filiform, glabrous, pale green or dull purple.
Seeds 4–5.5 × 3 × 2.5 mm, oblong-ovoid, smooth, shiny, grey, sometimes mottled blackish; caruncle 2–2.5 mm wide, somewhat convex, pale yellow.
A much-branched shrub or small tree up to 4 m tall, monoecious or sometimes dioecious.
Male flowers: pedicels 4–5 mm long; sepals 5, 2 × 1.5 mm, ovate, lepidote without, glabrous within, pale yellowish-green; petals 5, 2.5 × 0.75 mm, linear-oblanceolate to oblong, ciliate but otherwise glabrous, pale yellowish-cream; disk glands 5, truncate, fleshy, glabrous; stamens 15, filaments 2 mm long, glabrous except at the base, anthers 0.5 mm long with a broad connective, pale yellow; receptacle pilose.
Racemes 1–6 cm long, terminal on short lateral shoots, androgynous or all male; bracts c. 1 mm long.
Leaf blades 1–9.2 × 0.5–4 cm, elliptic to ovate-lanceolate, obtuse or emarginate at the apex, entire, rounded to shallowly cordate at the base, with a pair of minute stipitate basal glands beneath, thinly chartaceous, sparingly stellate-pubescent and dark green on upper surface, silvery or yellowish-lepidote beneath, bright orange on dying; lateral nerves in 7–12 pairs, slightly prominent beneath.
Stipules 1 mm long, subulate, lepidote, soon falling.
Young twigs densely stellate-lepidote.