Shrub or small tree, usually 3-3.5 m tall; branches, petioles, and inflorescences densely to sparsely tomentose, the trichomes with a single irregular axis and numerous, short, sharp branches. Petioles stout, 1-5 cm long; blades broadly ovate-elliptic, acuminate, rounded to shallowly cordate at base, 20-35 cm long, 12-20 cm wide, dark green and glabrous to sparsely villous above, more densely pubescent below, with both straight and branched trichomes, the branched ones usually restricted to veins, entire or the margins entire or somewhat irregular; veins 5-7, from base (1 weak and submarginal), impressed. Inflorescences terminal, reddish, paniculate, to 12 cm long; pedicels 1.7-2.3 mm long, minutely bracteate; flowers white; hypanthium and calyx pinkish, pubescent with both simple and stellate trichomes, together 2.3-3 mm long; sepals 5, acute, the external teeth minute, often green; petals 5, oblong-obovate, 4.2-5.2 mm long, to 2.4 mm wide, rounded at apex; stamens slightly shorter than corolla; filament geniculate below anther; anthers linear-attenuate, to 2 mm long, each with 1 apical pore; style ca 4 mm long. Berries depressed-globose, 7-10 mm diam, pink when young, becoming violet then black at maturity; seeds numerous, minute. Croat 12190, 14552. Rare; known from a single locality on a creek bank on Shannon Trail. The type was collected earlier on SnyderMolino Trail. Flowers and fruits in the rainy season. Apparently flowers twice per year, at the beginning of the rainy season and toward the middle of the rainy season. The fruits mature in about 1 month.