Dull green, rather stiff, opposite leaves characterise this bushy shrub or small tree. The leaves are very variable, 6‒16 cm long, with a raised yellowish midvein on the upper surface. A network of lateral veins is visible on the upper surface. The edges of the leaves are often wavy. A row of 3‒4 small, rounded, red-brown leaf buds occurs in the fork between the leaf and the stem.
The small, yellowish flowers appear as short sprays in the forks of the leaves in spring to early summer.
The blue-black fruit, which ripens in the winter, is egg-shaped, 1‒2 cm long, and contains a single large seed.
Brodribb River, VIC to Gladstone, QLD