Description from Flora of China
Schmidelia chartacea Kurz, J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, Pt. 2, Nat. Hist. 43: 183. 1874; Allophylus zeylanicus Linnaeus var. grandifolius Hiern.
Shrubs, small. Branchlets brown, gradually becoming grayish white, terete. Leaves unifoliolate (sometimes lateral rudimentary leaflets extant); petioles 2-8 cm, stout, strong, grooved; leaflets petiolate; blades shiny, broadly lanceolate or elliptic, 18-32 × 8-14 cm, membranous-papery, glabrous, lateral veins slightly sparse, ascending to tooth-tips, prominent abaxially, veinlets reticulate, margin wavy toothed. Thyrses unbranched, in pairs or fascicles, nearly as long as petioles or sometimes nearly as long as leaves; rachis striate, glabrous. Flower buds ca. 2 mm in diam. Sepals subglabrous. Petals cuneate, claws hairy; scales with long red hairs. Fruit red, subglobose, ca. 1 cm in diam.
Thickets; ca. 1100 m. SE Xizang (Mêdog) [Bhutan, India].