Perennial, prostrate to procumbent or ± erect and up to 28 cm tall, usually much branched from the base, appressed hairy. Leaves 6-30 x 2-4 mm, linear-lanceolate, acute, appressed, strigosely hairy on both surfaces, with short hairs. Hairs less than 1 mm long. Inflorescence bracteate, 2-10 cm long, simple or paired. Lower bracts lanceolate, 2-3 mm long; lower flowers with pedicels up to 2 mm long. Calyx 2.5-3 mm long, 5-partite, lobes lanceolate, hairy to the outside, glabrous within, somewhat puberulous at the throat; lobes spreading, broad. Anthers 0.7-0.8 mm long, ± adnate when young, attached c. 0.6 mm from base of corolla tube. Stigma conical, 0.6-0.7 mm long, minutely pilose towards tip; stigmatic ring prominent. Style slightly shorter, glabrous. Fruit ± globose, depressed or not, 4-lobed, dense pilose. Nutlets 4, dark brown, c. 1.5 mm long.
Two subspecies may be recognised