A monoecious tree up to 40m tall, with a diameter up to 70cm at maturity. Narrowly conical or pyramidal at maturity. The thick grey bark produces a red exudate and peels in horizontal plates.
The adult leaves are oblong, ovate, subulate or narrowly lanceolate with a rounded apex, to 1cm long, and 1–3mm wide. Adult foliage can vary In size and shape on the same branch. Foliage is usually clustered on small branches at the end of primary branches. Stomata on the outer surface (abaxial) of the adult leaves are in rows from the base to the apex. (×10 lens needed)
Female seed-cones,terminal borne on very short branches, subglobose, 10-12 x 8-10cm wide, bracts up to 10mm long, tips straight, ripening from January to mid-February. Male pollen-cones terminal in the upper part of the tree, up to 15cm long, mature from May to mid-July.
This species is widely cultivated on New Caledonia for its ornamental value. Outside of New Caeldonia, it is very rare in cultivation and confined to botanical collections either under glass or outside in milder climates.