Shrub large, suberect, not twining or climbing; branchlets hairy. Leaves opposite, simple, variable in size, up to 18 cm long and 10 cm broad, ovate, acute or acuminate, soft-tomentose when young, later glabrate, leaf-base broadly rounded, sometimes cordate, nerves distinct beneath, lower divaricate; petiole 1-2.5 cm. Flowers fragrant, in lax trichotomous cymes; pedicels 5 mm. Bracts linear, up to 5 mm long. Calyx teeth 5-6, sometimes more, linear, 1-2 mm long. Corolla white, tube c. 1 cm long, lobes usually 9, 1-1.5 cm long, lanceolate, acute. Berry mostly simple, 1-1.5 cm long, ellipsoid, slightly bent, black when ripe.
Fl. Per.: April-May.
Type: from India, Roxburgh, Icon. 1514 (K).
Distribution: tropical NW. Himalaya, Deccan Peninsula, 200-1000 m.