Description from Flora of China
Meliosma costata Cufodontis.
Trees to 10 m tall, evergreen. Branches of current year, buds, petioles, abaxial midveins of leaves, inflorescences brownish lanuginous. Leaves simple; petiole 1-2.5 cm, stout; leaf blade oblanceolate or obovate, 9-17(-26) × 2.5-4.5(-9) cm, papery or membranous, abaxially pilose, adaxially persistently sparsely pilose on midvein and lateral veins, lateral veins 15-25 pairs, ascending, anastomosing near margin, attenuate 2/3 downward to base, margin entire or serrate near apex, apex acuminate. Panicle terminal, 20-26 × 15-20 cm, branched 2(or 3) times. Flowers 3-3.5 mm in diam., subsessile. Sepals 5, ovate, 1-1.2 mm, outer ones smaller, pubescent, ciliate. Petals white: 3 outer ones suborbicular, ca. 2 mm in diam.; 2 inner ones ca. 0.8 mm, 2-lobed; lobes triangular, ciliate near apex. Fertile stamens ca. 1.5 mm. Disk shallowly cup-shaped, dentate. Pistil ca. 1.7 mm; ovary ovoid, glabrous. Fruit unknown. Fl. Apr-May, fr. unknown.
Beusekom (Blumea 19: 355-529. 1971) treated this taxon as a synonym of Meliosma simplicifolia.
Broad-leaved forests; 500-1500 m. N Guangdong, Guangxi, S Yunnan [Vietnam].