is a shrub, or a small bushy tree sometimes reaching 9 m in height. Branches
are puberulent at a young stage, and then are smooth and rounded. The bark
varies from pale grey to brownish in colour. The leaves are puberulent at a
young stage, are sometimes reddish and petioles, which are 2-8 mm long. The
lamina is elliptical, very elliptical, subcircular or oval, measuring 3-5.5
2.5-4 (-5.5) cm. They are obtuse at the tip, cuneiform at the base, smooth,
shiny/dark green above and yellowish green below, with revoluted (sometimes
midrib is prominent below and slightly canaliculated above. There are 5-7
pairs of lateral ascending veins making an acute angle with the midrib. They
are slightly prominent on the 2 faces. Intramarginal venation is not very
visible and is situated 1-3 mm from the margin.
are sometimes axillary, more often found at the nodes, on the basal part of
defoliate branches and are in fascicules of (1-) 3-10 and are scented. The
bracts are square-shaped, having peduncles reaching 15 mm in length. They are
greyish-tomentosate. Bracteoles are deltoid, 1.5-2 mm long and persisting.
Floral buds measuring 5-6 ´
5-6 mm at anthesis are also greyish-tomentosate.
calyx lobes are oval, 1.5-2.5 mm long, 2.5 -3.5 mm wide, obtuse and more or
less equal. They are disposed in opposite pairs, are imbricate,
greyish-tomentosate on the 2 faces. There
are numerous stamens. The filaments vary from white to pink and are 5-8 mm
long. The anthers are globular, about 0.4 mm long.
The ovary is bilocular, bearing about 20 ovules per locule. The style is 4-6 mm long, white, sometimes puberulent at the base. The disc is 4-5 mm in diameter, tomentosate, and pale green with a slightly reflexed margin. Berries are not seen.