This shrub has firm, pubescent leaves borne in the one plane (distichous). Leaves are alternate up to 10 cm long and up to 8 cm wide, 3-veined at the base, covered in star-shaped i.e., stellate hairs. The flowers are borne in clusters in leaf axils on the upper surface of the branch. Flowers curved, calyx tubular to 2 cm long with very small lobes; petals 5 unequal in size, yellow fading to orange with age. Stamens 10, filaments fused forming a ring around the ovary. Ovary on a long gynophore or stalk, of 5 carpels, expanding into a densely hairy capsule up to 5 cm long, each carpel twisting rope-like. The fruits are characteristic of the genus.
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