Shrub to about 35 cm tall with wiry stems. Leaves 5-7 mm long, 1-3 mm wide, mostly narrowly oblong to oblanceolate, upper surface rough. Flowers terminal on stalks to 1 cm long. Stamens 6-12 on one side of the flower; spring. Carpels 2, hairy.
Qld, NSW, Vic, Tas
Grows naturally in sandy soils; long flowering.
H. microphylla Steud. from Western Australia also has short leaves but less than 4 mm long.
Source: (1997). Dilleniaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.