Description from Flora of China
Meliosma dumicola var. serrata Vidal; M. lepidota Blume subsp. dumicola (W. W. Smith) Beusekom; M. tsangtakii Merrill.
Trees to 30 m tall, evergreen. Young branches, buds, abaxial surface of young leaves, petioles, and inflorescences brownish pilose; branchlets grayish brown. Leaves simple; petiole 1.5-4 cm, narrowly concave; leaf blade abaxially light brown when dry, narrowly elliptic, narrowly obovate-elliptic, or elliptic, 5-15(-18) × 1.5-5 cm, leathery, abaxially sparsely pilose, adaxially glabrous, midvein and lateral veins concave adaxially when dry, lateral veins 7-10 pairs, slightly ascending, anastomosing near margin, base cuneate, margin entire or serrate, apex abruptly narrowed, linear-caudate, rarely acuminate. Panicle terminal and solitary, or 2-4-clustered at branch apices, sometimes axillary near branch apices, erect, 10-16 cm, branched 3 times, lower branches 4-7 cm. Pedicel short. Flowers ca. 2 mm in diam. Sepals 5, ovate, ca. 1 mm, apex rounded, 2 outer ones smaller and narrower, ciliate. Petals yellowish or brownish white: 3 outer ones suborbicular, ca. 1.5 mm in diam.; 2 inner ones lanceolate, slightly longer than fertile stamens. Ovary subglobose, ca. 0.6 mm in diam., glabrous; style slightly longer than ovary. Drupe obovoid, 3-4 mm in diam.; endocarp convex, with inconspicuous, scattered netlike strips, midrib narrow. Fl. Mar-May, Oct-Nov.
Open jungles, densely wooded ravines; (1200-)1400-1900(-2400) m. Guangdong, Hainan, S Xizang, SW Yunnan [Thailand, N Vietnam].