Small shrub to about 1m tall. Leaves alternate,1-2.5 cm long, cylindrical, sometimes crowded together. Flower heads dense, terminal, globular; spring to early summer. Flowers pinkish purple. Stamen bundles with 5-9 filaments. Fruit capsule 3-5 mm broad.
As currently understood M. scabra is variable and likely to be split into several species.
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.