Highly variable shrub. The local variety is a rounded, bushy plant usually not exceeding 1.5 metres in height. Leaves are densely hairy, vivid green and oblong or slightly rounded in shape. They rarely exceed 3 centimetres in length. The bright red and yellow flowers occur in crowded clusters and the ends of branches. These are followed by pods containing two seeds. Seeds are often shed early through an opening in the bottom of the pod.