Annual forb to 40cm tall. Basal leaves soon withering. Stem leaves alternating up the stems, more or less stem-clasping, 1-7cm long, 2-10mm wide, flat, somewhat hairy and sticky, with sticky hairy edges and pointed tips. Flower heads yellow, with 0 petals, spherical or oval, single at the ends of the stems, sometimes 2 together or 1-2 smaller ones at the base. Protected NSW.
Differs from Craspedia haplorrhiza in that the hairs on the seeds are yellow.
Differs from Pycnosorus chrysanthus in that the leaves have a single prominent longitudinal vein and from Pycnosorus chrysanthus and Pycnosorus thompsonianus in that the main bract of the partial head has a narrow brown glandular central region and broad dry membranous yellow margins.
Description and photo (as Craspedia pleiocephala) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 707