Shrub 1-4 m tall, sometimes with coppery new growth. Leaves decussate, elliptic, to 1.5 cm long, 1 cm wide, shortly stalked, 1-nerved. Flower spikes borne on lateral shoots on the old wood, 3-6 cm long, deep red to pink, petals persistent. Fruit generally close-set.
M. coccinea A.S. George, Goldfields Bottlebrush, also from WA, also has red bottlebrush flower heads, but has ovate stalkless leaves.
Source: (2002). Myrtaceae. 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.