Trees, to 20(-30) m. Bark dark gray to black, shallowly furrowed, flaking in rectangular pieces from summits of ridges. Leaves persistent; petiole 0.4-0.6(-0.8) cm; blade dark green and glossy adaxially, elliptic-lanceolate to ovate, 6-10(-15) × (2-)3-5 cm, thin, apex rounded to obtuse or barely short-pointed, abaxial surface glabrous, without basilaminar glands. Inflorescences solitary flowers or 3-15-flowered cymes, borne on twigs of current season. Flowers 1.2-1.8 cm; sepals 4; petals 4; stamens 16(-32); anthers dehiscent along their entire length; pistillate flowers with 8 staminodes; styles 4, connate to near stigmas; ovary glabrous. Berries black, not glaucous, depressed-globose to globose, (3-)4-5 cm diam., glabrous. Seeds brown to black, trianguloid-ellipsoid, to 1.5 cm. 2n = 30.