Description from Flora of China
Daphniphyllum atrobadium Croizat & F. P. Metcalf; D. beddomei Craib; D. glaucescens Blume subsp. atrobadium (Croizat & F. P. Metcalf) T. C. Huang; D. glaucescens subsp. paxianum (K. Rosenthal) T. C. Huang.
Shrubs or small trees, 3-8 m tall; branchlets dark brown, sparsely white lenticellate. Petiole 1.5-3.5 cm, purplish brown; leaf blade oblong or oblong-lanceolate, 9-17 × 3-6 cm, thinly coriaceous or chartaceous, brown in dried state, neither glaucous nor papillose abaxially, shining adaxially, base cuneate or broadly cuneate, margin entire and crisped, apex falcate-acuminate or shortly acuminate; lateral veins 11-13 pairs and reticulate veins prominent on both surfaces. Male flowers: inflorescence 2-3 cm; pedicel 5-7 mm; bracts ovate, 1.5-2 mm; calyx disciform, 4- or 5-lobed, lobes ca. 0.5 mm; stamens 8-10; filaments ca. 1.5 mm; anthers oblong, ca. 2 mm, apex rounded or retuse. Female flowers: inflorescence 3-5 cm; pedicel 5-8 mm; calyx 4- or 5-lobed, lobes ovate, 0.5-1.5 mm, persistent; ovary ellipsoidal, ca. 1.5 mm; style branches recurved. Drupe ellipsoidal, 8-10 × 5-6 mm, slightly tuberculate, not glaucous; calyx persistent; style branches persistent. Fl. Mar-May, fr. Aug-Nov.
The timber is used for building and furniture as well as papermaking.
● Forests on mountain slopes or in valleys; 400-2300 m. S Guangxi, S Guizhou, Hainan, Sichuan (Emei Shan), S Yunnan.