Dioecious shrub-like tree 0.5-3.0 m tall, trunk branching above ground level into many relatively thin stems; bark light grey, not peeling; young branchlets glabrous, not spine-tipped. Leaves simple but on long shoots occasionally trifoliolate with lateral leaflets a quarter to a third the size of terminal leaflet, glabrous, green; petiole 3-7 mm long; lamina rotund or orbicular, (5-)9(-15) x (4-)7(-12) mm, margin serrate-dentate, apex obtuse, base cuneate. Inflorescence: flowers in clusters. Flowers unisexual, perigynous, subsessile, glabrous. Disc 4-lobed, adnate to hypanthium. Stamens 8. Fruit subglobose or ellipsoid, 10 x 8 x 7 mm, glabrous; putamen slightly rugose; pseudo-aril red, cupular with 2 commissural arms, covering the lower third of the more convex face of putamen and the lower half of the other face.