Annual forb to 16cm tall. Leaves alternating up the stems, 0.3-1.8cm long, less than 1mm wide, flattened cylindrical, sparsely hairy to hairless, with blunt or pointed tips. Flowers orange to yellow, with many papery 'petals'. Flower heads cup-shaped or hemispherical, borne singly at the ends of the stems.
Description and photo (as Helipterum jessenii) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 695.
Photo of flowering plants. Australian Plant Image Index. Photographer Dave Mallinson, Binya State Forest near Griffith, NSW