Description from Flora of China
Tetradenia variabillima Hayata, Icon. Pl. Formosan. 3: 167. 1913; Neolitsea aciculata (Blume) Koidzumi var. variabillima (Hayata) J. C. Liao.
Trees. Young branchlets covered with pubescence and becoming glabrous. Leaves alternate or clustered toward apex of branchlet, subverticillate; petiole ca. 1 cm, pubescent; leaf blade ovate-lanceolate, obovate-lanceolate, or long obovate, 8-15 × 3-5 cm, gray appressed pubescent and becoming glabrous abaxially, shiny and glabrous adaxially when young, except base of midrib pubescent, triplinerved, lateral veins 3 or 4 pairs, lowermost pair arising ca. 5 mm from base, base cuneate or obtuse, apex acuminate. Umbels 2- or 3-fascicled, axillary or lateral, 4- or 5-flowered. Pedicel ca. 2 mm, densely pubescent. Perianth segments 4, lanceolate. Female flowers: staminodes 6, glabrous, of 3rd whorls each with 2 stipitate glands at base; ovary ovoid; style pubescent. Fruit obovate-ellipsoid, ca. 5 mm in diam.; fruiting pedicel ca. 1 cm. Fl. Feb-Jul, fr. Nov-Dec.
● Broad-leaved forests; 600-2300 m. C Taiwan.