Shrub 0.5-2 m tall with scandent branches, the bark brown with fine vertical fissures and small projections formed by the persistent prickle bases. Flowering stems moderately armed with brownish straight or recurved needle-like prickles 2-5 mm long, the base up to 1 mm wide, moderately to densely pubescent with whitish short-stalked stellate-multangulate hairs up to 1 mm in diameter, the rays 5-12, 0.25-0.5 mm long, the midpoints 0.25-0.5 mm long, eglandular, about as long as the rays.
Sympodial units plurifoliate, not geminate.
Leaves simple, the blades 2.5-9 x 1.5-5 cm, ca. 2 times as long as wide, ovate, chartaceous, green adaxially and abaxially, sparsely to moderately pubescent adaxially with sessile to short-stalked white porrect-stellate hairs with 2-8 rays, the midpoints shorter than or equal to the lateral rays, densely white-pubescent abaxially with short- to long-stalked porrect-stellate to multangulate hairs; major veins 4-6 on each side of midvein; base truncate to subcordate, sometimes unequal; margin entire; apex acute; petioles 0.5-1.5 cm long, densely white-pubescent with hairs like those of the stems.
Inflorescences 0.5-3 cm, extra-axillary or leaf-opposed, unbranched, with 1-3 flowers,
the plants weakly to strongly andromonoecious with perfect and staminate flowers, the axes moderately to densely pubescent with hairs like those of the stems, sparsely armed; peduncle 0.5-2 cm; rachis 0.2-1.5 cm; pedicels 20-30 mm in flower, 30-40 mm and pendent in fruit, spaced 2-10 mm apart, articulated at the base.
Flowers 5-merous, heteromorphic with long- (hermaphroditic) and short-styled (staminate) forms and the plants andromonoecious. Calyx 5-6 mm long, the tube ca. 2 mm, the lobes 3-4 x 1-1.5 mm, linear-lanceolate, the apex acuminate, moderately to densely pubescent with hairs like those of the stems, unarmed; fruiting calyx not accrescent. Corolla 2-2.5 cm in diameter, stellate, without interpetalar tissue, white, the tube 1-1.5 mm, the lobes 8-10 x 2-3 mm, narrowly triangular, moderately to densely stellate-pubescent abaxially, glabrous adaxially. Stamens equal, the filament tube absent, the free part of the filaments 1-2 mm long, glabrous; anthers 6-7 x 1-1.5 mm, lanceolate, gradually tapered distally, not connivent, yellow, the pores small and directed distally, not opening into longitudinal slits. Ovary sparsely puberulent with unbranched glandular hairs; style 8-10 x 0.25-0.5 mm in perfect flowers, cylindrical, glabrous; stigma clavate to capitate.
Fruit a berry, 1.5-2 x 1-1.5 cm, ellipsoidal to ovoid, yellow to yellow green, glabrous, the pericarp thin.
Seeds 2.5-3 x 1.5-2 mm, flattened, reniform in outline, yellow, the surface rugulose.