An inconspicuous, ground-hugging shrub consisting of one or more straggling stems, each usually less than 50 centimetres in length. Leaves are narrow and slightly rounded. Despite the name ‘leafy templetonia’, foliage is usually very sparse. Produces typical ‘pea’ flowers, which are yellow with red-brown and purple markings. These typically exceed 1 cm in length and are much more conspicuous than the foliage. Flowers are followed by pods which darken at maturity; these may each contain up to 8 seeds.