A twiggy shrub, 2 to 3 m high; two to three year-old branchlets teretish, with thin stringy brownish bark; ultimate twigs greyish or brownish, lepidote, sparingly puberulous and leafy, the internodes 1.5 to 2.5 cm long. Leaves subopposite, ascending or patently spreading; petioles slender, slightly swollen at their insertion, 8 mm to 1 cm long, puberulous in the ventral furrow, lepidote; blade ovate or sub-elliptic, usually rounded at the base, 3.5 to 5 cm long, 1.5 to 2.5 cm broad, firmly membranous, light glaucescent green and glabrescent above, slightly paler and thinly lepidote below, the raised midrib and three to four pairs of principal lateral veins occasionally with a few minute scattered hairs, otherwise glabrous; margin obscurely serrate, and often closely undulate towards the apex. Spike axillary or terminal, leafy towards the base, simple or branched, 6 cm long or longer, the axis lepidote and puberulous; flowers yellowish; bracts minute, deciduous. Receptacle (immature?) lepidote and glabrous externally, the lower portion fusiform and slightly swollen about the middle, 1.5 mm long, the upper portion saucer-shaped, about 2 mm in diameter; calyx-segments deltoid, acute; disk with pilose margin. Petals spathulate, subacute, 1.3 mm long, glabrous, whitish. Fruit numerous, four-winged, borne on lepidote pedicels, scarcely 1 mm long, broadly elliptic, rounded or truncate at both ends, 1.3 to 1.5 cm long, 1 to 1.2 cm broad, the wings 5 mm wide, yellowish and sparingly lepidote, the body brownish and thickly lepidote.