Shrub or tree, up to 5 m tall in our area; stem and branches with prominent leaf scars. Leaves narrowly oblong-elliptic with an abruptly flaring base clasping the stem for half its circumference, up to 400 x 20 mm. Inflorescence a panicle of simple racemes, not exceeding 0.5 m, yellow. Flowers greenish to creamy white,(9-)30-37(-45) mm long; pedicel bases up to 4 mm, up to 9 mm in fruit; receptacles up to 2 mm long, up to 5 mm in fruit. Perianth lobes about twice as long as tube. Fruits turning first brown and subsequently scarlet when ripe, globose, 10-30 mm in diameter. Seeds globose, 7-20 mm in diameter.