The greyish-brown stem gives rise to many stout branches on which leaves are spirally arranged. Petioles are long, 20-30 cm and attached to the back of broadly oval-shaped leaves that have a shiny upper surface, and a pale green matte surface beneath. Leaves are 10-32 cm long and 7-26 cm broad with a faintly pointed apex. The male inflorescence is longer than that of the female. Flowers have short stalks. The fruit is 5 mm wide, and globular with a rough surface.
Forest edges or degraded forests - below 1000 m.
Native tree. A woody pioneer in forest gaps, leaves used to wrap the traditional halepa sweet.