This is a bushy shrub producing many erect, slender stems approaching two meters in maximum height. The leaves are linear to oblong in shape and sometimes have fine teeth along the edges. They may be up to 4.5 centimetres (1.8 in) long. The shrub is dioecious, with male and female plants producing flower heads of different types. The head is enclosed in a layer of phyllaries which are glandular and sticky. The fruit is a ribbed achene with a pappus 7 millimetres (0.28 in) or 8 millimetres (0.31 in) long.
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