Trees to 20 m tall, evergreen, d.b.h. to 30 cm. Bark grayish brown, smooth, 5-6 mm thick; inner bark reddish brown, fragrant. Branchlets appressed ferruginous puberulent when young, glabrescent. Petiole 3-5 mm, puberulent or glabrous; leaf blade broadly ovate to elliptic, 4-9 × 2-3.5 cm, thickly papery, glabrous, adaxially shiny and green, secondary veins 7-10 on each side of midvein, slender, and prominent on both surfaces, base broadly cuneate to rounded, apex acute to shortly acuminate. Inflorescences leaf-opposed or subopposite, 2- or 3-flowered; peduncle subsessile; bracts broadly ovate. Pedicel 5-13 mm, pubescent, bracteolate at base. Sepals reniform, ca. 1 mm, outside pubescent, inside glabrous. Outer petals ovate to oblong-ovate, ca. 9 mm, pubescent, apex obtuse; inner petals smaller than outer petals, outside puberulent, inside glabrous or glabrescent. Stamens in 3 whorls; anther locules ovoid, ca. 1 mm; connectives apically acute. Carpels 3-5, densely pubescent; ovules 10-12 per carpel, in 2 series. Fruiting carpels yellowish green, subglobose to obovate, ca. 4 × 3-4 cm, densely tomentose. Seeds flat, semiorbicular. Fl. Oct-Mar, fr. Mar-Aug.