Annual forb to 50cm tall. Leaves alternating up the stems, the upper leaves stem clasping, 1-8cm long, 2-12mm wide, linear to flat, almost hairless, the edges sometimes wavy. Flowers cream to yellow, 0 petals. Flower heads cylindrical to narrow bell-shaped, in dense clusters of 6-12 flowers at the ends of the stems.
Description and photo (as Helipterum tietkensii) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 696