Woody vines. Leaves coriaceous, (5-)7-22(-27) |im thick; lamina (ovate-)elliptic, rarely ovate, (5.5-)6.5-13(-14.5) by (2.5-)3-5.5(-6) cm, length: width ratio (1.3-) 1.6-2.7(-2.9); primary vein (slightly) impressed above, prominent below; secondary veins (3-)4-6(-9) pairs, slightly arcuate; base obtuse, rarely truncate (cuneate in younger leaves); apex acuminate, rarely acute; margin entire; petiole (5-)7-18(-22) mm long, 0.9-2.2(-2.6) mm diam. Flowers borne solitary in axils of leaves, occasionally with secondary flower borne in axil of prophyll, always on young growth; peduncle (2-)4- 11(—15) mm long, (0.3-)0.7-1.3(-1.6) mm diameter. Fruit peduncle not markedly elongated, 4-14 mm long; berries 18-32 (possibly more), ripening red or yellow, 5.1-6.6 by 3.8-6.0 mm, length: width ratio 1.0-1.7, berries sessile, pericarp ± uniform in thickness or slightly thicker distally. Seeds 1-3 per berry, discoid to pyriform, (3.7-) 4.1-4.5(-5.2) by (3.0-)3.4-5.0 mm, length: width ratio 0.8-1.3.
Ambon present, Asia-Tropical: Borneo present; Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present); Sulawesi (Sulawesi present); Sumatera (Sumatera present), Halmahera present
Malesia: Sumatra, Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Celebes, and Moluccas (Halmahera and Ambon).
Accounts of the structure of the leaf cuticle and pollen of Kadsura lanceolata have been published by H.S. Rao and Praglowski , respectively.