This small, straggly, smooth-bark mallee has large leathery leaves, large reddish-brown buds, creamy yellow flowers that produce large quantities of nectar, and large barrel shaped capsules. It occurs in the ranges to the south and west of Alice Springs and in a small area of range country in WA. This species is very closely related to Red-bud Mallee and is very easily confused. The main difference is whether the fruits have obvious stalks or not.