Small tree up to 6–7 m. tall or bush; branchlets tomentose or densely pubescent, eventually glabrescent.
Leaves usually paripinnate (rarely imparipinnate) shortly petiolate to subsessile (lowest pair of leaflets, at or near the base of the rhachis, resembling stipules); rhachis usually narrowly winged, sometimes marginate or ribbed, pubescent; leaflets 3–9-jugate, subsessile or very shortly petiolulate; leaflet-lamina up to 8(10) × 3(5·5) cm., usually oblong to narrowly oblong, sometimes oblong-elliptic or elliptic, chartaceous, pubescent to shortly pilose mainly on the nerves and reticulation of the under surface, apex often obtuse or retuse but sometimes acute and apiculate, margin entire and often undulate, base cuneate; lateral nerves 6–12 pairs.
Inflorescence c. 20 cm. long, terminal, once-twice-branched, often fuscous-tomentose especially when young.
Flowers white, in shortly stalked cymules; pedicels c. 1·5 mm. long, fulvous- to fuscous-tomentose.
Fruit 1–2-coccous; cocci yellow, 12–14 × 6–9 mm., obovoid to subglobose, tomentose, glabrescent, edible.
Stamens 16; anthers 1–8 mm. long (1·5 mm. long in staminodes of female flowers); filaments 3 mm. long (2 mm. long in staminodes), pilose.
Ovary 3(5)-lobed, tomentose; style 4 mm. long.
Petals 4·5–6 × 4–5·5 mm., elliptic, pilose-ciliate.
Sepals 4·5–6·5 × 2·2–2·5 mm., elliptic, silvery-pubescent outside except where covered by imbrication.