Erect shrubs to 1 m tall, monoecious, glabrous [to hirsute] throughout; stem gray-brown; branchlets 4-angled or compressed. Stipules lanceolate [to sometimes strongly falcate], 1-2[-2.7] × 0.7-1.2[-3.5 when falcate] mm; petiole 1-1.3 mm; leaf blade ovate, elliptic, or rounded, 5-20(-25) × 3-12 mm, membranous or thinly papery, base rounded or obtuse, apex rounded or obtuse, mucronate; venation pinnate, lateral veins 4 or 5 pairs, slender, obliquely ascending, not raised. Inflorescence subtended by leaves, 1- or 2-flowered. Male flowers 2-3 mm; calyx discoid, ca. 1.5 mm in diam., 6-lobed; sepals apex obtuse or retuse; disk scales very short; anthers spreading. Female flowers: pedicels 2.3-4.3 mm; sepals subobovate, apex acute; disk 6-lobed; ovary small, apex concave, with crenulate rim; stigmas erect. Capsules ovoid, 5-5.5 × ca. 4 mm, rather woody when dry, with lobed rim around stigmas, exocarp thin, spreading, ± stellate when dry. Seeds 3-angled, ca. 3.5 × 2 × 2 mm. Fl. Jun-Oct, fr. Sep-Dec.