Subshrub or herb, branched, up to 1.5 m tall. Branchlets 1.5-3 mm thick, puberulous or glabrous. Leaves distichous, (sub)opposite on stem and major branchlets, alternate on the smaller branchlets; stipules 0.1-0.3 cm long, appressed-puberulous on the primary vein and ciliolate, caducous or subpersistent; petiole 0.2-3 cm long; blade chartaceous, narrowly elliptic (to elliptic) to narrowly ovate (to ovate), 1.5-7.5(-9) x 0.7-2.5(-4.5) cm, apex acute to subacuminate, base rounded to obtuse (or subacute), margin more or less coarsely crenate-dentate, sparsely puberulous above, (appressed-)puberulous beneath; secondary veins 1-4 pairs. Inflorescences axillary or on leafless (parts of) lateral branchlets, sessile, 0.1-0.3(-0.5) cm in diam.; flowers (sub)sessile. Staminate flowers: tepals ca 0.7 mm long, sparsely puberulous, not corniculate. Pistillate flowers: perianth ca. 1 mm long; stigma ca. 0.2 mm long. Achene ca. 0.5 mm long, enclosed by a more or less compressed, in outline suborbicular perianth with a few uncinate hairs.
French Guiana present, North America present, Southern America, eastern Brazil present
North America, West Indies and eastern Brazil; only known by a collection of Poiteau labelled French Guiana, but which might be from the West Indies, where he also collected.