Tree or shrub up to 10 m high. Branchlets brown, longitudinally striate, with narrowly decurrent wings arising from outer extremities of stipular cushions, glabrous. Leaf-blade elliptic, 3-8 cm long, 1-3 cm wide, apex acuminate, acute or rounded, base cuneate to broadly cuneate, margin serrulate, often upper 2/3's only, lateral nerves about 10 pairs, inconspicuous, glabrous, chartaceous; petiole 2-4 mm long. Flowers axillary, solitary or in fascicles of 1-3; pedicels greenish, up to 2 cm long, with trifid bracteoles up to 1.8 mm long. Sepals white, somewhat leathery, broadly elliptic to circular, concave, 2.5-3.5 mm diam., connate at base. Stamens: filaments 3 mm long, glabrous; anthers orbicular, 0.7 mm diam. Ovary ellipsoid, sometimes shortly stipitate, 3-4 mm long; stigma subsessile, peltate, with a median groove. Fruit a white, fleshy berry, c. 8 mm diam., with persistent stigma on top. Seeds several, subglobose-obovoid, somewhat compressed, 2.5-3 mm diam.
A widely distributed species occurring in Tanzania, Rhodesia, Mozambique, Transvaal, Swaziland, Natal, Madagascar, the Comoro and Mascarene Islands and Seychelles.