Subshrub to 50 cm high, branches erect to spreading. Stems 4- or 5-angled, up to 1.5 cm wide on leafy branches, green when young, becoming grey. Stipular spines 2, laxly arranged, 1.5-2 cm long, with 1-3 accessory prickles. Leaves seasonally deciduous; blade oblanceolate to obovate, 30-90 mm long, 20-50 mm wide; tip truncate, or blunt and sometimes with a short sharp point; base tapered to wedgeshaped. Cyathophylls showy; broadly ovate, entire,10-13 mm long,12-15 mm wide, cream or red.
Often distributed as E. milii. There are a number of clones of this cross and these show much variation in stem size, leaf morphology and cyathophyll colour.
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.