Lianas to 6 m tall. Bark grayish, young parts with scales. Branchlets together with petioles densely brownish yellow tomentose and orange-yellow scaly, glabrous when old. Leaves opposite or subopposite; petiole 7-15 mm; leaf blade usually elliptic or oblong-elliptic, 10-20(-25) × 4-11 cm, abaxially glabrous except for tufts of coarse hairs in axils of lateral veins, sometimes also coarsely hairy on veins, yellow-brown or orange-yellow scaly and green verruculose, adaxially glabrous and densely white verruculose, base cuneate, rarely obtuse-rounded, apex acuminate; lateral veins in 6-10 pairs. Inflorescences terminal and axillary, simple and compound, narrowly cylindric spikes 5-15 cm, often grouped at branchlet apex and forming a large panicle; axes brownish yellow tomentose and orange-yellow scaly; bracts persistent at anthesis, linear, ca. 1 mm. Flowers fragrant. Calyx tube in middle part funnelform, distally cupular, 5-7 mm, abaxially coarsely hairy and glossy yellow scaly, adaxially with a ring of dense, coarse hairs not or only slightly exserted; lobes 4, erect, deltoid or broadly triangular, 1-1.5 mm, apex acuminate. Petals 4, white or yellowish white, 1.5-2 mm, clawed; limb oblong-obovate, apex obtuse-rounded or slightly mucronate. Stamens 8, exserted, 4-4.5 mm. Fruit red or purple-red when mature, globose or oblate, 4-winged, 1.5-2.5 × 1.5-2.7 cm, glabrous, yellow or orange-yellow scaly. Fl. May-Sep, fr. Aug-Dec.