Description from Flora of China
Acer lichuanense C. D. Chu & G. G. Tang.
Trees to 15 m tall. Bark dark purple. Branchlets dark purple, rough, those of present year gray pubescent, older ones glabrous; winter buds conical, scales triangular, margin ciliate. Leaves deciduous; petiole 7-9 cm, gray pubescent; leaf blade abaxially greenish, adaxially dark green, ovate, 14-18 × 12-15 cm, leathery, abaxially glabrous except pubescent at vein axils, adaxially glabrous, primary veins 3, secondary veins 14-16 pairs, distinct abaxially, 3-lobed; lobes ovate. Flowers unknown. Infructescence racemose. Fruiting pedicel 7-15 mm. Nutlets convex, round; wing falcate, including nutlet 6-6.5 × ca. 1.2 cm, wings spreading erectly. Fl. unknown, fr. Sep.
● Mixed forests, valleys; 1500-1800 m. NE Guangxi, SE Guizhou, SW Hubei, NW Hunan.