Tree 10 m. Leaves in 2 or 3 rows, membranous, (obovoid-)oblong, 17-30 by 6-11 cm, base ± long-cuneate, apex shortly acute-acuminate; Inflorescences behind the leaves, with dense rusty hairs 0.3-0.6 mm; Fruits 1-3 per infructescence, broadly ellipsoid-obovoid, apex broadly rounded, base narrowly rounded and short-attenuate, 5-5.7 by 3.8-4.5 cm, glabrous, drying dark brown, sparsely coarsely tubercled;
Asia-Tropical, E Coast present, N Sumatra present, Tapanuli present
Malesia: N Sumatra (Tapanuli, E Coast).
2 In some specimens the leaves towards the apex of the twigs are not distichous, but ± arranged in three rows. 1 Horsfieldia hirtiflora is related to H. brachiata with which it has the distinctly ridged twigs in common, but H. hirtiflora differs from H. brachiata in the coarser habit, larger and hairy flowers, and large fruits.