Description from Flora of China
Phoebe pandurata S. K. Lee & F. N. Wei.
Large shrubs to small trees, to 11 m tall. Branchlets blackish brown or brownish, angular, glabrous. Terminal buds ovoid, yellowish brown appressed pubescent. Petiole 1-2 cm, slender, glabrous; leaf blade oblanceolate, lanceolate, or sometimes pandurate-oblanceolate to pandurate-obovate, 8-17 × 2-5.5 cm, thinly leathery, abaxially glabrous, midrib abaxially elevated, adaxially impressed or at least lower part impressed, lateral veins 8-13(-17) pairs, abaxially conspicuous, veinlets abaxially somewhat conspicuous or invisible, base attenuate or cuneate, sometimes pandurate-oblanceolate to decurrent, apex acute-acuminate to acuminate. Inflorescences 6-10(-13) arising from middle of newly sprouted branchlet, subracemose, or branchlet at upper part of peduncle, few flowered; peduncle 3-7 cm, glabrous. Pedicel (4-)7-9 mm, glabrous. Flowers 3-3.5 mm. Perianth lobes subequal or outer ones smaller, glabrous outside, pubescent or villous inside. Filaments ± pubescent, those of 3rd series densely pubescent, with glands at base. Staminodes sagittate, with villous or pubescent stalks. Ovary ovoid, glabrous. Fruit ovoid, 1-1.2 cm × 5-8 mm; fruiting pedicel 8-9 mm, slightly thickened; persistent perianth lobes ovate, lax. Fl. Apr-May, fr. Sep-Oct.
● Mountain slopes, valleys, dense forests; 600-2000 m. N Guangxi, Guizhou, W Hubei, W Hunan, S Shaanxi, NE and S Sichuan.