Description from Flora of China
Drypetes confertiflora Merrill & Chun, Sunyatsenia 2: 259. 1935, not (J. D. Hooker) Pax & K. Hoffmann (1922).
Trees up to 12 m tall, to 35 cm d.b.h.; bark yellowish, glabrous except for pubescent branchlets, petioles, and bractlets. Petiole 4-10 mm; leaf blade oblong or oblong-ovate, 4.5-6 × 2-4 cm, leathery, base rounded, oblique, margin prominently serrate, apex acuminate; lateral veins ca. 7 pairs, prominent. Male flowers densely clustered; pedicels 2-4 mm; bractlets broadly ovate, ca. 1 mm; sepals 4, obovate or elliptic, 2-3 mm, apex rounded, incurved, slightly unequal, margins ciliate; stamens 13-15; filaments 1-1.5 mm; anthers elliptic, ca. 1.8 mm, connectives broader and red-brown; rudimentary ovary absent. Female flowers: sepals as in male; ovary ovoid, 2-celled. Capsule globose, ca. 1 cm in diam.; exocarp thinly leathery when dry, brownish yellow, smooth; endocarp woody, thin, 2-celled, 1-seeded in each cell. Fl. Feb-Jul, fr. Jun-Oct.
Forested slopes; 300-800 m. Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Yunnan [Philippines].