Shrub to 2 m tall. Leaves in 3s, rarely 4-6, linear to narrowly oblanceolate, 3-8 cm long, 2-5 mm wide, tip pointed, margin curled under. Flower clusters 7-flowered (sometimes fewer if flowers aborted), bracts red. Flowers mostly 3-4 cm long, red; year round but mostly spring to early summer. Fruit 1.5-2.5 cm long with a short beak and a long horn on each valve.
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.