Shrub or small tree, 4–6m tall, often multistemmed. Branches wide-spreading or ascending, upper branches rising or erect, forming a conical or usually a rounded or flat-topped open crown. Bark on mature trees exfoliating in small plates or narrow strips.
Borne in tufts of 20–30, crowded at the terminal 10–15cm of branches, rising or erect, sparsely branched or unbranched, 20 x 0.5–1.0cm, densely covered with overlapping leaves. Leaves arranged in alternate whorls of 4, 6–15 x 1.8–2.5mm, apex acute-pungent, stomata in bands above, in scattered rows below.
Male cones terminal, 10–12 x 6–7mm, subglobose to ovoid, of 3–4 alternating whorls of 4 microsporophylls, green to yellowish green. Female cones terminal, borne of short branchlets, upto 15mm long with spreading bract-scale structures; mature bract-scales in two alternating whorls of 4, the lower slightly larger than the upper, 10–12 x 3mm and 8–10 x 2mm; seeds 1–-2 per cone, 6–-7 x 2.5–3.5mm, angular–ovoid, light brown.