Tree up to 25-30 m tall; bark rugulose, grey-brown; young shoots, petioles, pedicels tomentose, becoming almost glabrous; internodes 0.3-3(-4.9) cm long. Indumentum of single, bifid or fasciculate hairs, 0.1-0.4 mm long, rusty to bright brown. Leaves: petiole 4-10 mm long; leaf blade elliptic to narrowly elliptic, 7.5-23(-30) cm long, 3-7(-10) cm wide, subcoriaceous, base cuneate-attenuate, apex acute to shortly acuminate; lateral nerves 8-14 pairs; upper surface greyish brown, glabrous; lower surface brown, puberulous, with predominantly simple and very few bifid hairs all pointing towards the apex. Flowers: pedicel 1.1-1.8 cm long (stretching to 2.6 cm when fruiting); bracteoles not seen, probably caducous; sepals triangular, acute, ca. 1.5 cm long, 0.7 cm wide, outside tomentose, inside glabrous, green when fresh; petals elliptic, 2.5-3 cm long, 1.1-1.2 cm wide, outside tomentose, glabrous inside except for a thin line of indumentum on the inversely Y-shaped ridge, green when fresh; stamens 3-3.5 mm long, glabrous; carpels 25-30, 3.5-4 mm long, entirely tomentose. Fruit: stipe 0.7-1.2 cm long, with few bifid and simple hairs; monocarps 15-35, ellipsoid, mucronate, 2.2 cm long, 1.0-1.1 cm in diameter, glabrous, chestnut.