Small tree (7-10m tall), t 'more usually a low shrub 1-2m tall'.
Greyish green, both sides densely covered in stiff white hairs
giving them a silky look. The leaves wither yellow. Flowers with six
delicate white petals. Fruit red turning brown, a spherical capsule
containing 20-30 flattened angular seeds. Bark light grey to brown
becoming deeply fissured with age and shedding in long curling
strips. Young twigs angular, densely hairy becoming gnarled and
twisted with age. Leaves small and narrow, sometimes fleshy.
It likes to grow on the detritus of small granite boulders and
broken coral as well as exposed rocks in full sun just above the
tide level but in reach of the spray. It is found 'in rocky
foreshores and more exposed mangrove associations'.