It is an evergreen shrub growing to 1–2 m (rarely to 5 m) tall. The leaves are broad ovate to elliptical, 15–18 cm long and 5–7 cm broad, with a leathery texture and an acute apex. The flowers are reddish purple to pink, 5–6 mm diameter; they are produced in corymbs in mid spring. The fruit is a red to dark purple drupe 6 mm diameter, containing a single seed, mature in the late autumn.
- Flora of China: Ardisia humilis
- “Shoebutton ardisia: Ardisia elliptica” Weeds of Australia website, http://keyserver.lucidcentral.org/weeds/data/03030800-0b07-490a-8d04-0605030c0f01/media/Html/Ardisia_elliptica.htm (retrieved 28.2.2013)
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