Tree or shrub up to 10 m tall; branchlets glabrous or pubescent. Leaf-blade elliptic to broadly elliptic or obovate, 4-12 cm long, 1.7-4 cm wide, apex acuminate, acute to rounded, base narrowly cuneate to rounded, margin entire, midrib prominent, veins 6-8 pairs, dividing near margin to form conspicuous submarginal vein, membranous to chartaceous, glabrous or pubescent; petiole 0.5-1 cm long, glabrous or pubescent. Flowers in 1-3-flowered cymes in axils of leaves or on the branches; peduncles 2-3 cm long; pedicels up to 4.5 cm long, glabrous or pubescent. Sepals 3, ovate to obovate, 1.5-1.8 cm long, 1 cm wide, deeply concave, apex rounded, green but margins white, pubescent outside. Petals white, 7-12, obovate, 2-3.5 cm long, 0.5-1.5 cm wide, narrowed at base, glabrous or sparsely woolly. Stamens numerous; filaments 6 mm long, with scattered hairs; anthers linear, 5 mm long. Ovary ellipsoid, sulcate, densely hairy; style 0.8-1.0 cm long, columnar; stigmas 4, spreading, 1 mm long. Fruit woody, ovoid or ellipsoid with 8 longitudinal ridges, beaked, splitting into 4-8 segments. Seeds numerous, reddish black, obvoid, 7 mm long, 5 mm wide, with fleshy red aril along one side.
Usually a forest margin shrub or tree found along the coast.
Natal from the Port Shepstone area northwards into Mozambique. Also occurring in the north-eastern Transvaal.