Herb or shrub, to 3 m tall; stems angulate, glabrous except for rings of long trichomes at leaf nodes. Petioles to 30 cm long; blades broadly ovate to suborbicular, acuminate and lobed, cordate and palmiveined at base, 9-25 cm long, 12-30 cm wide, with conspicuous glands 3-8 mm apart on margins, the lobes 5 (sometimes 3 or 7), shallow, acuminate, the lower surface punctate, with many small, whitish, peltate scales. Inflorescences terminal panicles ca 15 cm high and ca 20 cm wide, with reduced leaves at branching nodes; inflorescence branches rose-red, minutely puberulent; pedicels to 12 mm long; flowers 5-parted; calyx campanulate, ca 13 mm. long, the tube orange, the lobes obtuse, ca 3 mm long, glandular before bud opens, red; corolla red-orange, the tube slender, 1.5-2 cm long, the lobes paler, spreading, ca 6 mm long; stamens 4, orange-red, exserted to ca 3.5 cm above throat, curved; style exserted ca two-thirds as far as stamens, minutely bilobed at apex, violet-purple. Drupes small, green, +/- enclosed in persistent calyx. Croat 7000.