Shrub or small tree to 5 m or more tall with smooth grey bark. Leaves alternate, broad, oblong to obcordate, to about 8 cm long and 6 cm wide, with large teeth, white-hairy below. Flower cone flat-topped, to 6 cm long and 10 cm wide. Perianth about 3 cm long, grey and scarlet, rarely orange or red; winter to summer. Style straight. Fruits small, about 7 mm long.
Source: (2002). Proteaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.