Erect plant, 1-1.5 m high. Branches close to each other as in a broom, striate with recurved spines 3-5 mm long, also seen on terminal branches. Cladodes evergreen, (1)2-3 in a fascicle,5-10 x 1-1.5 mm long. Racemes simple, short, 20-50 mm long, many-flowered or reduced to afew flowers, borne in axils and along branches; bracts small, membranous or minutely spinous; pedicels 2-3 mm long, articulated near middle. Tepals obovate, 2-3 mm long, white with a pink tinge. Ovary with 4 ovules in each locule, globose, white. Berry red, ± 10 mm in diameter.