Description from Flora of China
Shrubs dioecious, to 1 m tall, rarely more. Branchlets glossy, pubescent then glabrous, unarmed. Buds oblong-ovoid, 3-6 mm, apex acute; scales herbaceous, puberulent or subglabrous. Petiole 0.5-1 cm, pubescent and sparsely glandular pubescent; leaf blade broadly ovate, 1-2 cm, pubescent, usually also glandular or adaxially shortly stalked glandular, base subtruncate to cordate; lobes 3-5, margin obtusely doubly dentate, apex acute, rarely obtuse; terminal lobe broadly ovate or rhombic, slightly longer than lateral ones. Male racemes 1-2.5 cm, 7-15-flowered, female ones shorter, (1-)3-5-flowered; rachis pubescent and sparsely glandular hairy; bracts oblong to obovate-oblong, 4-7 mm, pubescent or subglabrous, 1-veined, margin sparsely ciliate. Pedicel 2-5 mm, pubescent or subglabrous, sometimes remotely stalked glandular. Calyx green to yellow-green, glabrous; tube pelviform, 1-2 mm; lobes spreading, rarely reflexed at anthesis, ovate to ligulate, 1.5-2.5 mm. Petals obovate to flabellate, smaller than calyx lobes. Stamens longer than petals; anthers subglobose. Ovary glabrous. Style longer than stamens, 2-lobed. Fruit red, globose, 0.6-0.7 cm, glabrous. Fl. May-Jun, fr. Jul-Aug.
* Coniferous forests and thickets in high mountain regions, scrub along roadsides, plateau slopes; 2800-3800 m. W Sichuan.