Treelets up to 3 m, stem and petiole base often ribbed and fluted. Leaves clustered at the stem apex, 1- to 3-pinnate. Inflorescences to 5 cm long, condensed, glabrous or pubescent; Flowers 5-merous, white. Ovary 6-celled, style 3 mm. Fruit c. 25 mm ø, orange-brown;
From the description and key of LAUTERBACH I cannot see sufficient characters to separate L. heterodoxa from L. tuberculata, an opinion inferred by LAUTERBACH himself (). No extant type material of L. heterodoxa has been traced. Both taxa were only known from single collections at the time of LAUTERBACH.