Description from Flora of China
Altingia chingii Metcalfe, Lingnan Sci. J. 10: 413. 1931; Semiliquidambar chingii var. longipes Y. K. Li & X. M. Wang.
Trees ca. 25 m tall; young branches drying black-brown, glabrescent, lenticellate; buds drying red-brown, shiny, slightly pubescent. Leaves dimorphic; stipules linear, caducous; petiole slender, 2–4.5 cm; entire leaves: blade elliptic or oblong, 6–10 × 3–5 cm, thinly leathery, discolorous, abaxially glabrous or pubescent, base cuneate or slightly rounded, apex acute, palmately 3-veined, lateral veins 3–7 on each side; veins prominent; lobed leaves: blade broadly ovate, 7–10 × 5–8 cm, central lobe ovate, 4–5 cm, lateral lobes 1.5–2 cm, margin glandular-serrate. Male inflorescence not seen. Fruiting peduncle slender, 3–8 cm. Female flowers: staminode teeth persistent, 1–2 mm. Infructescence globose, 1.5–2 cm wide (not including styles). Capsules with persistent styles 4–6 mm, apex recurved. Fl. Mar–Jun, fr. Jul–Sep.
This species is listed as endangered by the IUCN.
Forests; ca. 1000 m. Fujian, Guangdong, SE Guizhou (Libo Xian), S Jiangxi.