Trees to 16 m tall, unbuttressed, the young branches appressed strigose, glabrescent, conspicuously lenticellate. Leaves thickly coriaceous, elliptic, 8-17 by 4-9 cm, glabrous and shiny with metallic sheen above when dry, with dense stomatal crypts filled with hairs, apex rounded to shortly blunt acuminate, the tip 0-3 mm long, rounded or subcuneate at base; Stipules ovate-lanceolate, acute, 8-15 mm long, densely brown tomentose, membraneous, early caducous. Inflorescence of axillary little-branched panicles, 4-10 cm long, the rachis and branches densely brown tomentellous; Petals lanceolate, glabrous. Stamens c. 8 with short tooth-like staminodes opposite. Ovary densely pilose. Fruit not seen.