Shrub or small tree, rarely to 21 m tall. Leaves in whorls of 3 or 4. Stipules lanceolate, up to 3 by 1 mm. Inflorescences axillary and sometimes terminal, up to 12 by 5 cm, up to 150-flowered. Flowers with pedicels 0.8-1.2 mm long above articulation. Sepals 1.9-2.2 by 0.6-1.3 mm, connate for 0.3-0.8 mm, hirsute beneath. Stamens with filaments 1.8-3.2 mm long and anthers c. 0.3 by 0.4 by 0.2 mm. Ovary 2-5-carpellate, usually 3- or 4-carpellate, the carpels 0.7-1 by 0.3-0.5 mm, strigose, each with 2 (or 3) ovules; Fruit with fruitlets each c. 2.5 by 1.3 mm, containing 1 or 2 seeds. Seeds including wings c. 1.4 mm long by 0.4 mm diameter, smooth.
Asia-Tropical, New Guinea, widespread from the Vogelkop Peninsula to Mt Albert Edward present
Malesia: New Guinea, widespread from the Vogelkop Peninsula to Mt Albert Edward.
The holotype of Dendromyza puberula Stauffer (Santalaceae) (van Royen & Sleumer 7340) was collected from this species (van Royen & Sleumer 7341).