Bushy shrub or small tree to 6 m. high, with rather open branching, the branchlets spreading or pendulous, mostly 2-4 mm. thick, terete to angled, soft- pilose to -pubescent; leaves opposite, sometimes alternate or in 3's, elliptic to oblong- lanceolate or -ovate, obtuse to rounded at base, acute to acuminate at apex, usually somewhat denticulate, soft-pubescent, with ca. 12-14 principal lateral veins on each side of the midrib, the blades 5-15 (-20) cm. long, 3-6 (-10) cm. wide; petioles 2-4 cm. long; stipules sublunate-lanceolate, scarcely 1 mm. long, decidu- ous; flowers few to many, in terminal drooping pubescent corymbs or panicles which elongate in fruit; bracts 7-25 mm. long, usually lanceolate and reflexed; pedicels 5-15 mm. long; floral tube tubular, 5-6 cm. long, usually dark red, slightly enlarged at base, then 1.5-2 mm. wide and gradually ampliate until 3.5-7 mm. wide at apex, more or less pubescent without and within; sepals red, lanceolate, acuminate, 17-2 0 mm. long, spreading-reflexed in anthesis; petals red, oblong, 9-13 mm. long, acute; stamens glabrous, the filaments reddish, anthers light in color, 2-3 mm. long; style slender, scarcely reaching the tips of the sepals; stigma subglobose, slightly lobed, 1-2 mm. thick; berry oblong-ellipsoid, 1-2 cm. long, 4-6 mm. thick, pubescent.