Scandent shrub, c. 2-8 m, with broadly based recurved prickles sparsely disposed on the branches, usually below the nodes; Leaves disposed along the branchlets; Inflorescence terminating the main or lateral branches, a sessile compound umbel; Petals 5, ligulate, c. 2 mm long. Stamens 5, filaments c. 2 mm. Ovary turbinate, c. 1.5 mm high, 2-celled; Fruit a spheroidal drupe, c. 5 mm ø when dry, crowned by the persistent bifid style;
Asia-Tropical: Philippines (Philippines present), Benguet present, Bontoc present, Himalayas present, Japan present, N. Luzon present, S. China present, Southern America: Argentina Northeast (Formosa present)
From the Himalayas through S. China to Japan and Formosa; in Malesia: Philippines (N. Luzon: Benguet; Bontoc).