Shrubs, evergreen, to 1.5 m tall. Branches brownish gray, terete, sulcate, sparsely black verruculose; shoots pale yellow; spines 3-fid, 1-1.2 cm, slender. Leaves compactly fascicled; petiole ca. 5 mm; leaf blade abaxially pale yellow-green, linear-lanceolate, 9-16 × 1.4-2.4 cm, leathery, abaxially not pruinose, midvein and lateral veins raised, adaxially with conspicuously impressed midvein, lateral veins slightly visible, both surfaces with inconspicuous reticulate veins, base cuneate, margin closely 25-35-spinose-serrate on each side, apex acute. Flowers 12-20-fascicled. Pedicels ca. 1.5 cm, slender, glabrous. Sepals in 2 whorls; outer sepals triangular-ovate, ca. 3 × 2 mm, apex acute; inner sepals oblong, ca. 4 × 3 mm, apex acuminate. Petals obovate, ca. 3 × 2 mm, base attenuate, clawed, with approximate glands, apex rounded, slightly emarginate. Stamens ca. 2 mm; anther connective truncate. Ovules solitary, shortly funiculate. Berry (immature) ellipsoid, not pruinose, style persistent. Fl. and fr. Apr-Aug.