Straight trunk with smelly, resinous, peeling, greyish bark. The young flush is reddish-brown. The stout branchlets are marked with leaf scars, angular towards the apex, light brown and velvety. The terminal bud is silvery, and give rise to brownish-purple young flush. Leaves are 8-15 cm long and 4-6 cm broad, spirally arranged, with short internodes, and are broadly elliptic in shape with an unequal, pointed base and a blunt apex with veins conspicuously impressed above. Flowers seen in compact clusters up to 2.5-7.5 cm in length on thick fleshy stalks. Male and female flowers are borne separately. The fruit is ovoid and about 1.0 cm.
Canopy species in montane forests up to 1900 m. Also found in the lowlands.