Glabrous except for the very young parts, inflorescences and ovaries white- or brown- tomentose. Leaves opposite; lamina oblong to ovate or obovate, 3-8 by 1-4.5 cm, attenuate to cuneate at the base to a petiole 1-6 mm long, rounded at the apex, dull on both sides; venation curvinerved, distinct on both sides. Inflorescences at the nodes, pedunculate 2-rayed umbels of triads with the central flowers sessile; peduncle (3-)4-8(-9) mm long; rays 1-2.5 mm long, densely tomentose above and glabrous or sparsely tomentose below; pedicels of the lateral flowers 0.5-1 mm long, with the same indumentum as the rays.
There are 3 subspecies, of which 2 occur in Malesia. The external differences between these are probably not greater than the diversity within other polymorphic Malesian species; recognition of subspecies is more relevant in Australia, where ecogeographic divergence in open communities across a large land area is more striking, and may reflect stronger differentiation of gene pools. The species is one of the relatively few loranths in Malesia which lacks epicortical runners.