Tree up to 40m tall and 1m or more d.b.h., bole cylindrical, broad crown radiating above. Bark smooth, exfoliating in large quantity, scales up to 20cm across, exposed bark grey, reddish when shaded.
Leaves (mature) almost opposite, 9‒13 x 3‒5cm leathery, multiveined, glabrous, pale green.
Male pollen-cones axillary, solitary, cylindrical, 2‒2.5 x 0.8‒1cm, with 8 bracts at their base arranged in pairs, each pair at right angles to the pair next above or below. Female seed-cones solitary on thick stalks, globose, 10‒12cm across, green or glaucous green, very reinous, brown when mature. Seeds 12‒15 x 0.7mm, with two unequal wings.