Shrubs or trees, deciduous, to 20 m high. Branchlets sometimes spinescent, tomentose to glabrescent. Petiole ca. 1 cm; leaf blade oblong to oblong-lanceolate, 8-18 × 2.3-7 cm, papery to subleathery, glabrescent, base cuneate, margin entire, apex obtuse. Inflorescence sessile, often clusters of 4-8 flowers, usually fewer, sometimes only a solitary flower, densely rusty tomentose. Pedicels 2-8 mm. Flowers fragrant, cream-colored, 1.2-3 cm. Calyx tube ca. 2.5 mm; lobes 5-10, ca. 3 mm, toothed. Petals 4-6(-10), basally swollen and apically obtuse, 1.2-3 cm, outside tomentose, inside less so. Stamens 10-30; filaments 4-12 mm, apically geniculate and bearded. Disk lobed. Ovary glabrous except near base of inner side, 1- or 2-loculed; ovule 1 per locule, pendulous; style glabrous, 8-24 mm; stigma capitate. Drupe red when ripe, subglobose, 9-24 × 6-16 mm. Fl. Feb, fr. Mar.
Style glabrous, slightly dilated above, stigma capitate or conical, somewhat lobed, 8.5–27.5 mm. long.
Fruit ellipsoidal, shortly pubescent, 9–22.5 mm. long, one-celled.
Petals ligulate, densely pubescent outside, internally pubescent or glabrous, 12–28.5 mm. long and 1–2.3 mm. wide.
Stamens 10–32, anthers narrow, 5–14 mm. long.
The pedicels and cylindrical buds are velvety with golden-brown hairs.
Calyx tube urceolate 0.75–2.5 mm. long, lobes triangular 0.25–1.5 mm. long.
Flowers cream with a slight orange tinge, 5–10-merous, 13–31 mm. long, 1–17 in almost sessile inflorescences, pedicels 2–8 mm. long.
Medium-sized tree or climbing shrub with rough light brown bark.
Branchlets grey- or purple-brown, often with strong spines up to 1.2 cm. long, pubescent or glabrous.
Leaves variable, cuneate or rounded at the base, rounded or acute at the apex, at first pubescent later glabrous, 3–23 cm. long and 1.4–9 cm. wide, petiole up to 1.5 cm. long; lateral nerves 3–9, venation openly reticulate, prominent below.