Description from Flora of China
Persea melanophylla (H. W. Li) Kostermans.
Trees, ca. 15 m tall. Branchlets brownish, usually mixed with black spots, first yellowish brown puberulent, glabrate after. Buds small, densely yellowish brown tomentose. Petiole 1-1.2 cm, somewhat yellowish brown puberulent; leaf blade elliptic, 8-13 × 2.5-5 cm, leathery, sparsely yellowish puberulent abaxially, glabrous adaxially, midrib elevated abaxially, concave adaxially, lateral veins 8-10 pairs, raised abaxially, flat adaxially, veinlets densely reticulate, abaxially conspicuous, adaxially inconspicuous, base cuneate, apex shortly acuminate, summit obtuse. Panicles subterminal, 3.5-9 cm, branched at or above middle of peduncle, densely yellowish brown puberulent; peduncle 2.5-4 cm. Flowers not seen. Fruit ovoid-globose, ca. 2.2 × 1.8 cm; persistent perianth lobes unequal, apex acute, outer ones ca. 5 × 2 mm, inner ca. 8 × 1.8 mm, yellowish brown puberulent; fruiting pedicel thickened, ca. 2 mm in diam.
● Secondary forests, moist places. S Yunnan.