Plant a dwarf succulent 'cactoid' herb, branching from the base and forming irregular clumps up to 1m high and wide. Stems globose to cylindric, up to 1m long and 15 cm wide, many-angled (8-14) with ribs over 1.5 cm deep, grey to silver-grey. Stipular spines 1-5 from flowering eyes, peduncular remnants 1-4 cm long. Leaves rudimentary, soon shed. Cyathophylls not showy, much reduced.
Source: (2002). Euphorbiaceae. 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.