Description from Flora of China
Dicalix chunii (Merrill) Migo; D. poilanei (Guillaumin) Migo; Symplocos chunii Merrill; S. fasciculiflora Merrill; S. glomerata King ex C. B. Clarke subsp. congesta (Bentham) Nooteboom var. poilanei (Guillaumin) Nooteboom; S. spathulata H. L. Li.
Shrubs or small trees. Young branchlets glabrous; cataphylls numerous, along branchlets between leaf whorls, soon deciduous, glabrous, with pellucid glands at apical margin. Leaves mostly crowded at end of growth flushes; petiole 0.8--1.5 cm; leaf blade obovate, 4--14 X 1.5--5.5(--6) cm, leathery, glabrous, base cuneate, margin entire or minutely dentate, apex mucronate-acuminate, acute, or obtuse, lateral veins 11--14 pairs and adaxially slightly prominent. Inflorescences a glomerule or much reduced spike to 1.5 cm in axils of leaves and many from wood between whorls of leaves, axis tomentose-pubescent; bracts and bractlets persistent, ovate to suborbicular, tomentose, brown glandular punctate, margin ciliate. Ovary ca. 1 mm, glabrous. Calyx glabrous; tube ca. 0.5 mm; lobes ovate to suborbicular, ca. 1.5 mm, margin sometimes sparsely ciliate. Corolla ca. 4 mm. Stamens 40--60 or more. Disc low cylindrical to annular, glabrous. Drupes cylindrical, 6--8 X ca. 3 mm, apex with persistent erect calyx lobes. Fl. Jan-Sep, fr. Oct-May.
Mixed forests; 300--2000 m. Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan [Vietnam].