Description from Flora of China
Cinnamomum obovatifolium Hayata, Icon. Pl. Formosan. 3: 161. 1913; Machilus suffrutescens Hayata; Persea obovatifolia (Hayata) Kostermans.
Small trees. Branchlets glabrous. Bud ovoid-globose; bud scales glabrous or glabrate. Leaves clustered at apex of branchlet; petiole 5-10 mm, glabrous; leaf blade obovate, 4-5 × 1-2.5 cm, thinly leathery, glabrous on both surfaces, midrib flat or slightly elevated abaxially, concave adaxially, lateral veins 4 or 5 pairs, slightly elevated on both surfaces, veinlets distinctly reticulate, base cuneate, apex usually rounded. Inflorescences in few flowered cymose panicles, subterminal, ca. 3 cm, glabrous or glabrate. Pedicel 3-4 mm. Perianth lobes subequal, glabrous outside, puberulent to glabrate inside, outer ones ovate, smaller, ca. 1.6 mm, inner ones larger, 2-2.4 mm. Filaments barbate at base, those of 3rd series longer, glands shortly stipitate. Staminodes sagittate. Ovary subglobose. Fruit compressed globose, 1-1.5 cm in diam.
● Mixed broad-leaved forests of lowlands. S Taiwan (Hengchun).