Shrub to about 3 m tall with rust-coloured hair on the new growth. Leaves to about 8 cm long, tough, holly-like, more or less oblong with sharp-pointed teeth, glossy above and bright green and hairless below. Flower heads to 7 cm wide, surrounded by floral leaves, yellowish green with prominent reddish brown outer bracts; autumn to winter.
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.