"Trees, to 30 m high; bark smooth, peeling off in long stripes. Leaves of the seedlings opposite, sessile, amplexicaul, 6-12 x 2.5-7 cm, bluish-green, glaucous, strongly discolourous, juvenile leaves opposite, sessile, 7-15 x 4-9 cm, elliptic-ovate, glaucous, strongly discolourous, amplexicaule; intermediate leaves alternate, petiolate, glabrous, broadly lanceolate; adult leaves alternate; petiole to 30 mm, stout, glabrous; lamina 10-30 x 3-4 cm, falcate or lanceolate, base acute or obtuse, apex acute or acuminate, margin entire, glabrous, coriaceous; lateral nerves many, pinnate, prominent, intercostae reticulate, pellucid-punctate. Flowers bisexual, to 4 cm across, axillary, solitary; buds sessile, 3 x 2 cm, turbinate, warty, glaucous; hypanthium ribbed, to 1 cm; operculum long, flat, with a central knob; stamens many, free, 0.5-1.5 cm; anthers obovoid, 0.5-1 mm, versatile; ovary inferior, adnate to the hypanthium, 3-5-celled, ovules many; style simple; stigma capitate. Fruit a capsule, sessile, globose or hemispherical, 4-ribbed, warty, disc broad, convex; valves 3-5; seeds many."
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