Racemes terminal or subterminal, 7–10 cm. long, all ♂, all ♀, or mostly ♂ with 1–2 ♀ flowers at the base to mostly ♀ with a few ♂ flowers at the top; axis sparingly laciniate-lepidote; bracts linear or linear-oblanceolate, 1–3 mm. long, ± glabrous.
Stipules filiform, 2–7(–13) mm. long, ± glabrous, deciduous.
Female flowers: pedicels (0.2–)0.5–1.5 cm. long, slightly thicker than the ♂ pedicels, extending to (0.4–)1–2(–3) cm. in fruit, sparingly laciniate-lepidote; sepals 5, oblanceolate-oblong, 3–3.5 mm. long, 1 mm. wide, accrescent to 5–6 mm. long and 1.5 mm. wide in fruit, obtuse, with a midrib but without lateral nerves, sparingly laciniate-lepidote without, subglabrous or glabrous within, yellow-green; petals 0; disc shallowly 5-lobed, the lobes rounded, ± glabrous; ovary subglobose, 1.5–2 mm. diameter, densely laciniate-lepidote; styles 3, ascending-erect, lacin-iate-lepidote at the base, otherwise glabrous, deeply bipartite, the lobes filiform, ± 2 mm. long.
Male flowers: pedicels 5–8 mm. long, sparingly laciniate-lepidote; sepals 5, elliptic-ovate, 2 mm. long, 1.3 mm. wide, subacute or obtuse, glabrous without and within, ciliate, densely so toward the apex, yellowish; petals 5, elliptic-oblong, 2.3 mm. long, 1 mm. wide, obtuse, glabrous without and within, long-ciliate at the base, shortly and more densely so at the apex, yellow; disc-glands free, rounded; stamens 14–17, filaments 1.7–2 mm. long, glabrous, anthers 1 mm. long; receptacle villous.
Young twigs slender, sparingly silvery laciniate-lepidote.
Seeds ellipsoid, 4–4.5 mm. long, 3 mm. wide, greyish brown, shiny, with a pale yellow caruncle 1.2 mm. wide.
A monoecious shrub or small tree up to 4.5 m. in height.
Fruit subglobose, 4.5–5 mm. long, 4.5–6 mm. diameter, septicidal, evenly to sparingly laciniate-lepidote, greenish at first, becoming blackish.
Petiole 1.5–4 cm. long, sparingly laciniate-lepidote to subglabrous; blade elliptic-ovate, 3–9(–12) cm. long, (1–)2–4.5(–6.5) cm. wide, obtusely caudate-acuminate, rounded or cuneate, with 2 usually long-stipitate cup-shaped basal glands clearly visible from above, shallowly serrulate to subentire, thinly chartaceous, 5-nerved from the base, the innermost pair often ascending half the length of the blade, remaining lateral nerves 4–5 pairs, not prominent above, slightly prominent beneath, evenly to densely laciniate-lepidote above and beneath at first, later becoming very sparingly so or subglabrous above, and sparingly to evenly so beneath.
Older twigs dark purplish grey.
Stipules 0.3–1.3 cm long, filiform, soon falling.
Petioles 1.5–5.5 cm long, basally geniculate.
Leaf blades 2–12.5 × 1–7 cm, ovate to elliptic-ovate, acuminate at the apex, shallowly serrulate to subentire on the margin, usually rounded or cuneate, rarely truncate or shallowly cordate at the base, with a pair of usually long-stipitate discoid glands at or near the base on lower surface, thinly chartaceous, sparingly appressed scurfily stellate-pubescent, or hairs with a patent central ray, to fimbriate-lepidote or subglabrous on upper surface, and sparingly to evenly so beneath; 3–5-nerved from the base, lateral nerves in 3–5 pairs, scarcely to slightly prominent beneath.
Racemes 3–17 cm long, terminal or subterminal, androgynous, or male or female on the same or different branches or plants; bracts 1–2 mm long, linear-spathulate to filiform.
Male flowers: pedicels 5–8 mm long; sepals 5, 2 × 1.25 mm, elliptic-ovate, sparingly appressed stellate-pubescent without, glabrous within, ciliate, yellowish- or greenish-cream; petals 5, 2 × 1 mm, oblanceolate-oblong, ciliate but otherwise glabrous, yellow; disk glands 5, rounded-subemarginate, fleshy, glabrous; stamens 14–17, filaments 2 mm long, glabrous, anthers c. 1 mm long, yellow; receptacle densely pubescent.
Seeds 4–4.5 × 2.5–3 × 2 mm, ellipsoid, verruculose, shiny, light greyish-brown with darker warts; caruncle 2 mm wide, 2-partite, yellowish.
Female flowers: pedicels 2–10 mm long, extending to up to 2.5 cm in fruit or not extending; sepals 5, 2.5–3 × 1 mm, accrescent to 7 × 2 mm in fruit, oblong-lanceolate, obtuse, becoming oblong-subspathulate and somewhat foliaceous, sparingly appressed stellate-pubescent without, glabrous within, pale green; petals absent; disk shallowly 5-lobed, the lobes opposite the sepals, rounded, glabrous; ovary 1–1.5 × 1–1.5 mm, subglobose, densely silvery fimbriate-lepidote; styles 3, 2 mm long, connate at the base, divaricate-ascending, deeply 2-partite, the segments filiform, sparingly appressed-stellate-pubescent basally, otherwise glabrous.
A weak, lax, spreading or scrambling shrub or small tree up to 4.5 m tall, monoecious or sometimes dioecious.
Fruits 5–7 × 4–7 mm, ovoid-subglobose to trilobate-subglobose, septicidal, evenly to sparingly fimbriate-lepidote, greenish becoming blackish.