An essentially glabrous shrub or small tree, 2-5 m. tall; upper internodes comparatively short but soon lengthening, glabrous; leaves ovate, 5-14 cm. wide X 13-23 cm. long, apex acuminate, base rounded, obtuse or in large leaves sometimes shallowly cordate, equilateral or with one side slightly shorter, abruptly acute at the petiole, pinnately nerved from below the middle, the nerves 4 or 5 on each side, prominent beneath, glabrous or at most only sparsely minutely puberulent along the nerves, drying firm, translucent; petiole about 15 mm. long, vaginate and narrowly winged to the middle or above; spikes 5-7 mm. thick X 12-15 cm. long when mature; peduncle stout, 5-15 mm. long, pubescent; bracts rounded- or triangular-subpeltate, marginally fringed, zonately arranged; fruit rounded, gla- brate, stigmas 3, recurved, on a rather short style.
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