Shrub to 2 m tall. Leaves ovate to obovate in outline, mostly to 30 m long, up to 3 times pinnate or pinnatisect with mostly 7-17 leaf divisions that are entire or sometimes sharply and deeply toothed. Flower cluster terminal, to 40 cm or so long and projecting above the leaves; late spring to autumn. Petals white to cream, hairless. Fruit follicle 2.5-4 cm long.
L. tinctoria (Labill.) R. Br., Guitar Plant, from Tas differs in being smaller and having hairless leaves and shorter fruits while L. fraxinifolia Benth., Lomatia Silky Oak, from Qld rainforest is a large shrub or tree and has fruit follicles 5-8 cm 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.