Shrubs, to 2 m tall; branchlets terete, generally pallid, internodes long, generally 4-8.5 cm. Petiole 3-5 mm; leaf blade ovate-oblong or rectangular-elliptic, 6-10.5 × 1.8-4.5 cm, thickly papery, dark gray when dry, base broadly cuneate, apex acuminate or narrowly acuminate; veins fine, secondary veins 8-11 pairs, oblique, straight. Inflorescences terminal, axillary or on branched axis, 2-flowered, rarely 3-flowered; peduncle very short, up to 1.5 mm. Flowers 5-merous, sessile, white or light yellow; sepals erect; petals rectangular, sometimes broad near apex, ca. 3 mm. Stamens short; filament ca. 1 mm. Ovary ovate; stigma short, thick. Capsule broadly elliptic, 1.3-1.5 cm × ca. 9 mm. Fl. Dec to early spring, fr. winter.