a deciduous shrub less than 1m in height, grows in deciduous
forests. Leaves are of alternate phyllotaxis; blades measure 5-13cm
in length, long-oblong, with 7-9 pairs of veins that irregularly
branch. The leaves fall in summer. Flowers are dioecious; leaf axils
bear some yellow-green flowers in a bundle. Calyx tubes. 5-9mm in
length, tips cleft in four. Sepals are half as long as the calyx
tubes. Drupes, approximately 8mm in size, spherical, mature red in
May-July. Bloom time: February-April.