Description from Flora of China
Shrubs dioecious, 1–3 m tall. Branchlets pubescent and sparsely stalked glandular, unarmed. Buds purplish brown, oblong to oblong-ovoid, 5–7 mm, glabrous, apex shortly acuminate. Petiole 1–2.5 cm, pubescent and sparsely glandular hairy; leaf blade broadly ovate to suborbicular, 2–5 × 1.8–4.5 cm, abaxially pubescent (and sometimes glandular hairy) only along veins, adaxially pubescent and appressed glandular hairy, base truncate to cordate; lobes 3–5, margin incised doubly serrate, often also with some large, simple teeth, apex acute to shortly acuminate; terminal lobe rhombic to ovate, slightly longer than lateral ones. Male racemes erect, 3–5 cm, 9–20-flowered, female ones almost as long, fewer flowered; rachis and pedicels pubescent and glandular pubescent; bracts lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, 3–6 mm, 1-veined, margin shortly ciliate. Pedicel 2–4 mm. Calyx reddish or purplish brown, glabrous; tube saucer-shaped, 1–2 mm; lobes erect, lanceolate to narrowly oblong, 2–3.2 mm. Petals purple, flabellate to subcuneate-orbicular, 0.5–0.6 mm. Stamens slightly longer than petals. Ovary ca. 0.6 mm, glabrous. Style 2-lobed. Fruit red to dark purple, globose 0.5–0.7 cm. Fl. Jun–Jul, fr. Aug–Oct.
Coniferous or broad-leaved forests on mountain slopes, thickets, grasslands, streamsides, mountain valleys; 2700-4300 m. Xizang, Yunnan [Bhutan, N India, N Myanmar, Nepal, Sikkim].