Glabrous except for the ovary and young vegetative parts very rarely sparsely tomentose. Leaves opposite; lamina lanceolate to elliptic or obovate-spathulate, 2.5-10 by 0.5-3 cm, attenuate or cuneate at the base to a petiole 2-10 mm long, acute to rounded at the apex, dull on both sides; venation curvinerved, distinct on both sides. Inflorescences at the nodes, pedunculate 2- or 3-rayed umbels of triads with the central flowers sessile; peduncle 6-30 mm long; rays 3-10 mm long; pedicels of the lateral flowers 1.5-7 mm long.
There are 3 subspecies, of which 1 occurs in Malesia. The differences between these are possibly 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.