Herbaceous climber to 3 m, with foetid smell. Stem is terete with variable degrees of whitish or yellowish-green hairs or indumentum.Leaves are suborbicular to ovate, 4—11 x 3—10 cm in size. Leaves have coarse gland-tipped hairs. Inflorescence is 1 (— 2)-flowered. Flowers are pink, lilac or purplish or sometimes white. Fruit is a dry berry, subglobose to ellipsoid in shape, yellowish to red in colour. Fruits have many seeds.