Description from Flora of China
Cinnamomum marlipoense H. W. Li, Acta Phytotax. Sin. 13(4): 48. 1975.
Trees, up to 12 m tall, ca. 30 cm d.b.h. Branchlets gray-brown, terete, slender, 3-5 mm in diam., striate, scattered with longitudinally fissured yellow-brown corky oblong lenticels, sparsely yellowish brown pubescent initially but soon glabrate. Terminal buds small, obconical, less than 2 mm; bud scales compact, sparsely yellowish brown pubescent outside. Leaves alternate, remote; petiole 0.5-2 cm, concave-convex, sparsely puberulent; leaf blade abaxially green-white, adaxially green, oblong or lanceolate-oblong, 6-14 × 2.2-3.8 cm, papery, abaxially sparsely yellowish brown puberulent, adaxially glabrous or sometimes sparsely yellowish brown pubescent on lower part of midrib, midrib extending up to leaf apex, elevated abaxially, impressed adaxially, lateral veins (9-)11-13 pairs, arcuate, inconspicuous on both surfaces, all evanescent near leaf margin, transverse veins and veinlets reticulate, nearly visible on both surfaces, base cuneate or broadly cuneate, margin revolute, apex shortly acuminate. Flowers unknown. Infructescence paniculate, much longer than leaf blade, (8-)11-18 cm, all axillary on upper part of branchlet, few branched on upper part; branches up to 4.5 cm; peduncle elongate, (5-)8-12 cm, peduncle and rachis sparsely yellowish brown pubescent. Immature fruit green, globose, up to 2.2 cm in diam.; fruit stalk fleshy, dilated, up to 1 cm, ca. 3 mm in diam. on top, wrinkled when dry, purple-red when fresh, sparsely yellowish brown pubescent. Fr. Dec.
● Evergreen broad-leaved forests in valleys; below 1400 m. SE Yunnan.