An evergreen, dense-habited shrub up to 6 ft in height, with erect branches, viscid when young, and clothed with a yellowish down. Leaves very crowded on the branches, 1⁄/6 to 1⁄3 in. long, 11⁄12 to 1⁄/6 in. wide; narrowly oblong-obovate, the margins recurved; dark green, glabrous and slightly viscid above, yellowish downy beneath. Flower-heads very small and numerous, white, forming terminal corymbs 1 to 3 in. across. Blossoms in July.
Native of New Zealand, where it occurs up to 3,500 ft. It is an interesting, rather heath-like shrub, with a tawny yellow aspect when the branches are bent over, but of no great value as an ornament. It is closely allied to C. leptophylla, differing chiefly in the yellow under-surface of the leaves, in the more glutinous character of the young branches, and in having no scales among the florets, or perhaps one or two only.