Description from Flora of China
Trees to 18 m tall, evergreen. Branchlets ca. 4 mm in diam., yellowish brown tomentose, glabrescent, lenticellate, lenticels brownish, oblong, convex. Petiole 1.5-3 cm, thinly tomentose; leaf blade narrowly elliptic to obovate, 15-22 × 6-11 cm, leathery, abaxially stellate tomentose along midvein, base rounded, margin with scattered teeth or entire and slightly inflexed, apex shortly acuminate; midvein adaxially impressed; secondary veins 16-20 on each side of midvein; tertiary veins abaxially conspicuous. Cupule cupular, ca. 0.8 × 1.4 cm, inside grayish brown tomentose, wall ca. 2 mm thick; bracts ovate, crowded, purple-red tomentose except for apex.
Very close to Quercus engleriana as expressed in its southern range in Guangxi and SE Yunnan. The only difference is that Q. marlipoensis has larger leaves that are sometimes obovate.
* Mixed evergreen forests; circa 1100 m. Yunnan (Malipo Xian)