Trees 3–7(12) m tall. Leaves strongly congested at the branch tips, imparipinnate with 2–3(–4) pairs of lateral leaflets, obtrullate in outline, 3.9–4.2 × 2.5–3.8 cm; rachises glabrous, points of leaflet attachment with a tuft of long, straight whitish hairs; stipular sheaths apically acute with spurs, almost glabrous with some hairs at the edges on the outer surfaces and glabrous in the inner surfaces; leaflets elliptic in outline, second pair from the terminal leaflet the largest, one of this pair 1.8–2.1 × 0.8–1.0 cm; margin entire, coriaceous, apically emarginate to retuse, basally unequally cordate; upper leaflet surfaces glabrous; lower leaflet surfaces densely sericeous with whitish hairs 0.7–1.0 mm long. Inflorescences pendant, 3.3–4.5 cm long, bearing 9–15 flowers; floral bracts 4.1–6.4 mm long, narrowly triangular, densely sericeous on the outer surface; rachises sericeous. Flowers 4.2–8.1 mm diam.; sepals 4, ovate, green, densely sericeous outside; stamens 13–15, anthers orbicular, with a dense tuft of straight white hairs on the upper half; styles fimbriate, 1.9–2.5 mm long. Fruits turbinate, with variable numbers and placement of flattened spines, densely sericeous; 4.0–7.4 × 3.4–9.6 mm including spines. Diploid.