Herb, subshrub or small shrub, 1-3 m high, sparsely branched. Stems slender, glabrous or towards the top increasingly pilose, glabrate. Leaves often somewhat crowded towards the top; petioles fleshy, 3-4 cm in lower leaves, 0.6-1 cm at the top, puberulent or glabrous; blades elliptic or oblong-elliptic, somewhat ovate, the lower 9-19 X 3-7 cm, the upper 3-4 X 1-2 cm, apex abruptly acuminate, base widely or narrowly cuneate, margin almost entire to repand-dentate, distally sometimes prominently sinuate-dentate, all teeth callose-tipped; glabrous above, nitid, dark green, paler green beneath, glabrous or puberulent on the prominent veins. Flowers usually in a corymbrose inflorescence with leaf-like bracts, or solitary in the axils of upper, reduced leaves, pedicels (3-)- 4-8 cm, at anthesis erect, fruit spreading-reflexed, glabrous or distally puberulent. Hypanthium hemispheric-globose, 4-6 X 4-6 mm, glabrous, often purple. Sepals linear, reflexed or patent, often curved, 13-16 mm, glabrous, apex obtuse or acute, callose-tipped, margin entire or almost so. Corolla 20-25 mm, fleshy, glabrous, green or purplish, inside often violet; tube dorsally 12-17 mm, distended at base. Filament tube included in the corolla, glabrous or distally puberulent; anther tube obliquely cup-shaped, dorsally 5-6 mm, glabrous or sparsely villous, purplish-black, the two shorter anthers at tips villous, the others glabrous. Berry globose, fleshy, slightly inflated, 1-1.5 cm wide.