Tree or shrub 3-10 m. Leaves herbaceous or chartaceous, ovate to obovate, or oblong(-lanceolate), occasionally faintly lobed in the upper part, base attenuate to subobtuse, apex acute (-acuminate); Inflorescences: Fruits 1 or 2 per infructes-cence, ellipsoid, apex subacute, 1.3-1.5 by 0.8-0.9 cm, with scurfy hairs 0.1 mm long or less;
Asia-Tropical: Philippines (Philippines present), Mindanao present, Sulu Is present, Zamboanga Prov present
Malesia: Philippines (Sulu Is.; Mindanao: mainly Zamboanga Prov.).
Knema stenocarpa is closely related to K. glomerata, which differs in its stouter habit: thicker twigs, larger leaves with more nerves, larger male and female flowers, and different fruits, subglobose, 1.5-2.5 cm diameter. The leaves in K. stenocarpa are densely fine grey woolly beneath, and later glabrescent as compared to K. glomerata.