Shrubs or small
trees up to 10 m high; young branches quadrangular, covered with appressed
or spreading, red to brown scales or bristles; bark brown or grey.
lanceolate or elliptic, seldom ovate, base rounded or acute, apex acute or
acuminate; lamina glabrous or strigose, or seldom subvillous underneath,
pale green or tinged red beneath; nerves 5 or 7, the marginal nerves
unconspicious, covered with appressed or semi-erect scales or bristles,
seldom glabrous, nerves often red; petiole 3--41 mm long, covered with erect
or flexuose red bristles, 5--9 mm long.
are 5-merous, oocasionally 6- or 7-merous. The outside covered with
bristles, the inside glabrous.
are campanulate, fleshy capsules, rupturing irregularly longitudinally at
maturity, exposing the solid, yellow pulp with orange seeds.