Description from Flora of China
Sorbus carpinifolia T. T. Yü & L. T. Lu, Acta Phytotax. Sin. 23: 215. 1985, not Hedlund (1901); Aria carpinifolia H. Ohashi & H. Iketani.
Shrubs 3.5–8 m tall. Shoots purplish brown when young, grayish brown when old, terete, glabrous when old, sparsely lenticellate; buds narrowly ovoid, 7–10 mm, apex acute; scales brown, broadly ovate, glabrous. Leaves simple; petiole 1–1.5 cm, abaxially sometimes tomentose-pilose, gradually glabrescent, adaxially glabrous; leaf blade pale green abaxially, dark green adaxially, elliptic or oblong-elliptic, 5–8 × 2–3.5 cm, lateral veins 7–11 pairs, nearly parallel and terminating in marginal teeth, raised abaxially and impressed adaxially, both surfaces glabrous or slightly tomentose near base adaxially or at vein axils abaxially, base cuneate, margin irregularly serrate, apex acute or shortly acuminate. Compound corymbs terminal, few flowered; fruiting rachis and pedicels tomentose when young, glabrescent, with grayish white elliptic lenticels. Flowers not seen. Fruit reddish brown, subglobose, (0.8–)1–1.2 cm in diam., 2-loculed, glabrous, with few small lenticels; sepals persistent, erect or slightly spreading, triangular or triangular-ovate, tomentose. Fr. Sep–Oct.
Forests; 1000--1800 m. SE Yunnan (Malipo Xian, Xichou Xian).