Spreading shrub or small tree 2–5m tall, monoecious; usually multistemmed. Bark coarse and scaly, exfoliating in thin irregular strips or plates, brown. Branches many, ascending, forming a dense, bushy, often rounded crown.
Forming dense sprays, slightly flattened, 3–4 wide. Leaves arranged in opposite pairs at right angles to those above or below with the facial (central) and laterial pairs almost equal in size, 2.5–5 x 2–2.5mm, light green, sometimes reddish brown when older.
Male pollen-cones terminal, solitary, 8–10 x 2.5–3.5mm, cylindrical, yellowish green, light brown when mature. Female seed-cones terminal, borne on branchlets with leaves of similar shape and size; bract-scales, the upper pair 10–14 x 5–7mm, the lower, smaller pair 10–12 x 3–4mm; seeds 1–-2, ovoid–oblong, flattish, apex acute, yellowish brown, with two opposite, unequal, membranous wings.