Erect herb to 1 m high; stems greenish-yellow to purplish, glabrous to sparsely pilose. Leaves 8–30 cm long; leaflets 9–21, ovate, 5–30 mm long, subsessile or on small petiolules to 2 mm long, glabrous on upper surface, a few scattered hairs on lower surface, sometimes purplish (especially towards margins), occasionally glaucous below, margins deeply toothed; stipules leaf-like, stem-clasping, toothed, c. 15 mm long. Inflorescence globose to ovoid, elongating somewhat at fruiting, 0.5–1.5 cm long, on peduncles 5–20 cm long. Female flowers above male flowers. Sepals 4, ovate-oblong, 2–4 mm long, green, margins whitish or pink to purple; stamens 4–many, exserted by up to 1 mm from sepals. Fruiting hypanthium usually 4-ribbed or winged, warty or ridged between ribs, immature fruit yellow and red-brown, mature fruit brown, 3–4 mm long.
*GipP, *Gold, *HSF, *NIS, *OtR, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP.
Five subspecies are sometimes recognised. However, boundaries between most are poorly defined. Victorian plants generally conform to either S. minor subsp. muricata or S. minor subsp. magnolii.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||introduced|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|