A deciduous climbing shrub of elegant growth; young shoots finely downy. Leaves oval, often inclined to ovate, 1⁄4 to 11⁄4 in. long, 1⁄8 to 5⁄8 in. wide, rounded at the base, often also at the apex except for the mucronate tip; dark green above, pale beneath, but distinctly and prettily marked with four to six parallel veins running out from the midrib to the margin; stalk very short. Flowers white, 3⁄16 in. long, produced in terminal clusters and in the terminal leaf-axils of slender, lateral, often short twigs, each flower on a slender stalk 1⁄8 to 1⁄4 in. long; sepals erect, linear, enclosing the other parts. Fruit a cylindrical or oval drupe, 3⁄16 to 1⁄4 in. long, blue-black when ripe.
Native of S. and S.E. China, Formosa, N. India. An elegant climber, very distinct in its abundant, parallel-veined leaves and its tiny blue fruits.