Small tree, 3-12(-20) m tall, with thick corky, longitudinally furrowed, pale yellow-grey bark; young branches finely warty to puberulous. Petioles 5-20 mm; blades chartaceous to coriaceous, broadly ovate to narrowly elliptic, 4-9 x 2-5 cm, apex acute to shortly acuminate, base rounded to attenuate, shining above, dull below, primary vein flat above, prominent beneath, secondary veins 6-8 per side, prominulous above and beneath. Racemes axillary, puberulous, male racemes 3-6 cm, female racemes 2-4 cm long; bracts caducous, broadly ovate to rhombic, ca. 2 mm long, upper half with ciliate margin; flowers usually 3 per bract with 2 very small bracteoles at the base of the pedicels of the lateral flowers. Pedicels and flowers puberulous, pedicels 1-2.5 mm long. Male flowers: tepals oblong, acute, 2-3 mm long; stamens 2.5-3.5 mm long, anthers oval, 0.5 mm; disc lobes fleshy, 0.5-0.7 mm long, apex irregularly toothed; rudimentary pistil cylindric, ca. 1 mm long. Female flowers: tepals 0.5 mm long; disc annular, thinly fleshy, up to 0.2 mm high; pistil conical, 0.5 mm long. Drupe 2.3 x 1.7 cm, pedicel up to 10 mm long.
Guyana, Republic of: present present Southern America:, Bolivia (Bolivia present); Colombia (Colombia present); Panamá (Panamá present); Paraguay (Paraguay present); Venezuela (Venezuela present)
Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay; over 100 collections studied; 1 collection from Guyana only.