A slender treelet of 0.7-5 m tall. Leafy branches are 0.5-2 mm thick,pubescent with ascending or appressed yellowish hairs 0.2-0.3 mm long. Leaf-blade is 4-17.5 cmlong, 1.5-5.5 cm wide, ovate, elliptical, ovate-lanceolate or ellipticallanceolate, acute or obtuse but not rounded atbase, gradually acuminate atapex; Flower are green, solitary, rarely paired from leaf-axils orseveralfrom tubercles on the old wood. Petals are 3-4-7 mm long, ovate orelliptic, puberulous outside, glabrous within, turning blackish when dry. Innerpetals are longer and wider than theouter ones. Fruitlets are globose, 4-6 mm long and about as wide,bright crimson, and very succulent. Seed is grey, opaque, not separatingfrom fruit-wall.
Forests, disturbed vegetation
The fruitlets, resembling red currants when ripe, are eatenby children. When dry,Polyalthiakorintiis readily recognized by thecharacteristic sculpture of the leaves.