Tree, to 40 m tall; bark smooth, brownish gray; branches lepidote- tomentose, glabrescent. Petiole 1-2 cm long, striate, canaliculate above, stellate-pubescent; blades coriaceous, obovate to elliptic or elliptic-oblong, 8-20 x 3-9 cm, acute to acuminate at apex, mostly acute but sometimes obtuse to rounded at base, glabrescent above, persistently ferrugineously stellate-pubescent beneath, turning black on drying; primary vein slightly prominent and sulcate above, strongly prominent beneath, secondary veins 5-11 on each side, flat and inconspicuous above, prominent beneath, irregularly falcate ascending, inconspicuously slightly anastomosing near the margin, tertiary veins indistinct. Inflorescence paniculate, 3-4.5 cm long, glomerules 3-5-flowered. Calyx 1-2 mm long, stellate-pubescent and ciliate; corolla white, 3 mm long, the lobes with a clavate appendage at top, inflexed in bud, reflexed at anthesis; filaments 0.4 mm long, anthers 0.4 mm long; ovary 0.4 mm long and 0.6 mm diam., with clusters of stellate hairs, style minute but distinct, with minute capitate stigma. Drupe compressed, triangular in transverse section, 2 cm long, 1 cm wide and 0.5 cm thick, pericarp yellow, drying black, with scattered clusters of stellate hairs, endocarp thin and smooth.