Shrub or perennial forb to 1m tall. Leaves fleshy, alternating up the stems, 0.4-1.5cm long, narrow cylindrical to flattened cylindrical, hairy to sparsely hairy, with pointed tips. Flowers small (less than 3mm across), borne singly or rarely in pairs at the bases of the leaves. Fruiting body red, straw-coloured when dry, body sparsely hairy to hairy, the horizontal wing hairless, with a radial slit.
Description and photo (pages 273-274) and line drawing of fruiting body (Fig. 47-26 page 271) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales
PlantNET description with line drawing of fruiting body and photo of dried specimen: http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/NSWfl.pl?page=nswfl&lvl=sp&name=Maireana~schistocarpa