Description from Flora of China
Shrubs, deciduous, to 1 m tall. Branches brown, black verruculose; shoots curved, brownish red, sulcate; spines 3-fid, 1-1.7 cm, adaxially slightly sulcate, yellow-brown. Leaves sessile; leaf blade abaxially pale green, adaxially green, oblong-obovate or oblanceolate, 1-2 cm × 5-7 mm, papery, abaxially not pruinose, midvein raised, reticulate veins not conspicuous on both surfaces, base attenuate, margin entire, apex rounded or acute. Flowers solitary. Pedicels 5-10 mm, glabrous. Sepals in 2 whorls; outer sepals oblong, ca. 7 × 3-4 mm; inner sepals oblong-elliptic, ca. 6 × 4 mm. Petals oblong-obovate, ca. 4 × 2 mm, base clawed and with approximate oblanceolate glands, apex emarginate with acute lobes. Stamens ca. 4 mm; anther connective not prolonged, truncate. Ovules 3, shortly funiculate. Berry red, oblong, ca. 10 × 5-6 mm, slightly pruinose, style not persistent. Fl. May, fr. Nov.
● Thickets; 3700-4400 m. Yunnan.