Often flat-crowned tree up to 33 m, 20-90 cm diam., or a shrub 2-4 m tall. Leaves on older trees eventually becoming similar to the leaves of primary shoots but somewhat narrower and curved like the juvenile leaves, 2-5 by 0.4-0.6 mm, uniform along a shoot, often glaucous. Seed with its covering 7 mm long and 6-7 mm diam.
Asia-Tropical: Maluku (Maluku present); New Guinea present, Central Celebes present, Central Ceram present
Malesia: Central Celebes, Moluccas (Central Ceram: G. Binaja), and throughout New Guinea. .
Collectors complain that this species grades into D. compactus and indeed in the zone of overlap between these two species specimens of D. cinctus have shorter and more robust leaves resembling D. compactus, while the common glaucousness of D. cinctus has been observed to disappear above 2950 m. The two species are substantially different, however, and both become much less common in the elevations where they overlap (2900-3400 m). Perhaps hybridization occurs where they overlap.