This shrub to small tree grows to about 6 m tall, usually with several pale-grey trunks coming from the base. The leaves, 4‒12 cm long, are shiny on the upper surface, with toothed edges and distinct yellowish middle and lateral veins. When crushed, the leaves have a light, spicy smell, quite distinct from that of Sassafras leaves.
The small, green and inconspicuous male and female flowers are carried on separate plants. More noticeable are the mulberry-like fruit, which are yellow, round and aggregate, and found on the female trees from January to March.
King Island, TAS to Conondale Range, southern QLD