Description from Flora of China
Shrubs, evergreen, 1-2.5 m tall. Branches brownish gray; shoots brownish yellow, very sulcate, not verruculose; spines 3-fid, 6-20 mm, slender, adaxially sulcate. Leaves subsessile; leaf blade abaxially pale yellow, adaxially dark green, sometimes shiny, oblong-elliptic to lanceolate or broadly elliptic, 2-6 × 0.8-1.6(-2.2) cm, thinly leathery, abaxially not pruinose, midvein obviously raised, adaxially with slightly impressed midvein, both surfaces with slightly raised lateral veins, reticulate veins slightly conspicuous, base cuneate, margin 7-15-spinose-serrate on each side, apex obtuse, aristate. Flowers 3-7-fascicled. Pedicels 1-2 cm, glabrous. Sepals in 2 whorls; outer sepals ovate, ca. 4.5 × 3 mm, apex subacute; inner sepals broadly elliptic, ca. 6 × 4 mm. Petals obovate, ca. 4 × 2.5 mm, base clawed, with separate glands, apex obtusely emarginate. Stamens ca. 2.5 mm; anther connective prolonged, slightly concave. Ovules 4 or 5, subsessile. Berry ellipsoid or subglobose, ca. 8 × 5 mm, not or slightly white pruinose; style short and persistent, or not persistent. Fl. Feb-Mar, fr. Sep-Nov.
● Thickets, forests, forest margins; 1800-3200 m. Yunnan.