Slender shrub, often sarmentose, commonly 1-4.5 m high, usually recurving, the branches green or in age brownish. Leaves all spreading in one plane, closely set, sessile or nearly so, lanceolate-oblong to oblong-ovate, acute or subacute at the apex, truncate to cordate at the base, subcoriaceous, conspicuously nerved, 1-2 cm long, 5-15 mm broad, glabrate or glabrous. Racemes apical on small lateral branch- lets, virgate, 4-10 cm long, arcuate, slender-pedicellate. Flowers 2 mm long, yellow, green or dark red; sepals triangular-ovate, 1 mm long, 0.5 mm broad, glabrous; petals triangular, 1-1.5 mm long, glabrous; stamens yellow; styles terete, exserted conspicuously from the flower. Fruits globose, 3-4 mm thick, juicy, dark purple.