Known only from the type, which is lost, and it cannot be identified by its description. Plants identified as G. elegans by Hartley et al. () are Toechima erythrocarpum sub-sp. papuanum. Typical for G. elegans should be the small leaflets (6-8 by 1.5-2 cm) with revolute and sinuate margins, and the uninterrupted disc. The small leaflets with sinuate margins may be like those of G. amabilis, G. pseudoamabilis, or G. pteropoda (the latter a species also described by Radlkofer and therefore hardly likely to be identical to G. elegans). The first two have revolute margins and an uninterrupted disc; however, both are mountain species, and, moreover, G. amabilis is only found near the Anggi Lakes in the Vogelkop Peninsula (Irian Jaya).