Deciduous shrubs, 2-3 m tall; branches and twigs moderately slender, striate, brown or gray-brown when dry. Petiole ca. 4 mm; leaf blade thinly leathery or thickly papery, linear, oblong, or bamboolike, 7-15 cm, less than 1(-1.5) cm wide, entire length of equal width, base subrotund, margin sparsely crenulate, apex acuminate; lateral veins 8-13 pairs, invisible or disappearing before reaching margin. Peduncle slender, 3-5 cm, 1 or 2 × dichotomously branched, several flowered; pedicel slender, 4-5 mm. Flowers 4- or 5-merous, 7-10 mm in diam.; sepals suborbicular, short; petals reddish to purple, ovate, base cuneate. Ovary weakly angulate. Capsule green to brown, or yellow-brown when dry, nearly globose, ca. 1 cm in diam., with 4 or 5 long and thin wings, up to 1 cm when fully developed. Aril bright red. Fl. Apr-Jul, fr. Aug-Nov.