Deciduous shrubs, scandent, 2-3 m tall; branches and twigs striate, angulate, brown or gray-brown when dry. Petiole 1-2 cm; leaf blade thinly leathery or thickly papery, ovate to elliptic, or ovate-oblong, 9-15 × 3-4.5 cm, base cuneate or attenuate, margin crenate, apex acute or acuminate; lateral veins 6-8 pairs, disappearing before reaching margin, slightly impressed adaxially, slightly prominent abaxially. Peduncle 2-10 cm, 2 or 3 × dichotomously branched with several to many flowers. Flowers 4-merous (not seen). Capsule red when fresh, brown when dry, nearly globose, 1.3-1.8 cm in diam., 4-lobed, with sparse needlelike prickles, prickles ca. 3 mm. Aril bright red. Fl. May-Aug, fr. Oct-Nov.