Trees often appear as spreading shrubs due to extensive branching. Brownish-grey stems develop roots, even away from the base to support the spread of the tree. Leaves are leathery, bright green, but paler on the under surface, large, margin wavy, elliptic to ovate in shape, with blunt ends,10-45 cm long, 5-26 cm broad with many pairs of veins. Inflorescences are borne at the end of branches with pinkish buds blooming into bright yellow flowers containing 5 large petals and a pointed whitish centre. Fruit opens up like a dark pink star, containing a few seeds covered with reddish flesh.
Marshy habitats and forest edges of wet lowlands - up to 300 m.
Introduced to Sri Lanka from Borneo in 1882 for ornamental purposes. Heavy use as a fence material encouraged its spread and establishment. An invasive plant of national importance