Shrubs erect, 2–4 m tall. Branchlets spreading, usually green, terete, often curved, glabrous, often glaucous; prickles scattered, straight or slightly curved, flat, gradually tapering to turgid base. Leaves including petiole 3–8 cm; stipules mostly adnate to petiole, free parts very short, triangular, sometimes glandular, margin entire, apex acute; rachis and petiole sparsely shortly prickly, glabrous or sparsely pubescent; leaflets (5–)7(–9), elliptic or obovate, 1–3 × 0.7–2 cm, abaxially glabrous or puberulous with prominent midvein, adaxially glabrous, with concave midvein, base subrounded or broadly cuneate, margin appressed-serrate, near base often entire, apex rounded-obtuse, acute, or truncate. Flowers numerous, 3–5 cm in diam., in corymb 3–4 cm in diam., or solitary and terminal; pedicel less than 1 cm, glabrous, sometimes shortly glandular-pubescent; bracteoles less than 1 cm. Hypanthium subglobose or ovoid, glabrous, sometimes shortly glandular-pubescent. Sepals 5, deciduous, ovate, abaxially sparsely puberulous, sometimes shortly glandular-pubescent, adaxially densely puberulous, margin 1- or 2-lobed near base, apex acuminate. Petals 5, yellow-white, obovate, base cuneate, apex emarginate. Styles connate into column, exserted, slightly longer than stamens, pubescent or glabrous. Hip orange-red initially, becoming black-purple, subglobose or ovoid, ca. 1 cm in diam., shiny. Fl. May–Jul, fr. Aug–Sep.
Scrub, slopes, stream sides, farmland; 2500--3700 m. S Anhui, Chongqing, Sichuan, Xizang, Yunnan.