Shrub to at least 2 m high; young shoots glabrous or subglabrous. Petiole 0.5-3.5 cm long, 1.3-2.4 mm thick, glabrous; blade coriaceous, oblanceolate or sometimes narrowly obovate, 16-37 x 4-13 cm, apex acute or short-acuminate, base narrowly attenuate or attenuate, margin spinose-serrate, with 15-35 teeth per side, glabrous; lateral veins rather inconspicuous, surface between veinlets striate or sometimes smooth. Inflorescence in male and bisexual plants to 14 cm long with 5-35 flowers, in female plants to ca. 3.5 cm long with up to ca. 15 flowers; rachis 0.5-1 mm thick, puberulous or subglabrous; pedicels 1-2 mm long; bracts 0.7-1 mm long, inserted at nodesFlowers 5-merous; calyx lobes very broadly ovate, 1.5-2 x 1.8-2.2 mm long, glabrous; corolla orange, tube 2-2.2 mm long, lobes 3-4 x 3-4.2 mm; stamen filaments in male and bisexual flowers fused into a tube 0.5-1 mm long, in female flowers free, ca. 0.5 mm long; pistil in male flowers sublinear, in bisexual flowers narrowly ovoid with 4-20 ovules, in pistillate flowers ovoid with 15-25 ovulesFruit orange-yellow, 1-3 cm diam., pericarp 0.2-0.4 mm thick, outside smooth; seeds 1-9, 5.5-11 mm long.
Guianas: present NE Brazil: present SW Guianas: present
SW Guianas and NE Brazil; 30 collections studied, 8 of which from the Guianas (GU: 9).