A tall, evergreen tree, Leaves: flat or somewhat angled, linear, abruptly petioled, entire or spinulose-serrate towards the rounded apex. Flowers: the staminate ones yellow, a subglobose cluster of stamens in the axils of last year's leaves; the pistillate ones terminal on the previous year's branchlets. Fruit: cones pendulous, very small, oblong-cylindrical, acute, slightly pubescent.

This tree has reddish-brown bark and conspicuously grooved leaves, which are rounded at the apex, dark green, and very lustrous on the top, and marked below by broad white bands. The foliage has a generally feathery appearance, and the cones are very small.