ORIGINAL DIAGNOSIS: "Arborea, ramosa; foliis coriaceis planis linearibus attenuato-acuminatis; paniculis recurvo-pendulis folioso-bracteatis; pediceIIis laxe racemosis solitariis raro geminis; perigonio (sesqui-bipollicari) tubuloso, subinfundibuliformi leviter curvato flavo, tubo lobis erectis lineari-oblongis triplo longiore. Not uncommon throughout the islands. -- A tree 20 to 25 feet high. The linear and recurved-spreading leaves 1½ to 2 feet long, an inch or less wide. Panicle a foot long, more or less, the bright lemon-yellow flowers very showy. This differs from the typical species of the genus in the erect lobes as well as the long tube of the perigonium. The berry is red, 4 to 8 lines in diameter, and is much sought after by birds."
SUPPLEMENTARY DIAGNOSIS OF ISOTYPE: Leaf 55 cm long, 22 mm wide, in the outer quarter narrowing to the subacute tip; flowering part of panicle 38 cm long, each branch subtended by a foliaceous bract, the lowest one 11 cm long, 8 mm wide, lance-linear, and the bracts progressively reduced to the upper one, 18 mm long; pedicels 8-33 mm long, each subtended by a pair of bracts 4-5 mm long, chartaceous; flowers 42-45 mm long , including the 4-5-mm contracted base, the expanded tube 27-31 mm long, about 8-9 mm in diameter at the apex, subcylindric, but narowing toward the base, slightly curved; perianth lobes 11-16 mm long, 2- 3 mm wide, narrowly oblong, obtuse; filaments 10-11 mm long, subulate; anthers 5 mm long, oblong, obtuse, slightly exserted; style 36-39mm long, exserted; stigmas clearly three -lobed ; seeds 6-7 mm long, shaped as a full, half, or third of a sphere.
SUPPLEMENTARY DESCRIPTION: Tree 6-12 m tall; trunk 20-25 cm in diameter; leaves 50-57 cm long, 15-34 mm wide, subcoriaceous, ligulate, but in the outer third tapering to the subacute apex, with numerous longitudinal veins, the margins thin, pale, cartilaginous; panicle single, terminal, cernuous and pendent; peduncle 23 cm long, 15 mm in diameter at base; panicle 35-45 cm long, 17-18 cm in diameter; seeds 8 mm long, shaped as a full, half, or third of a sphere, pale brown, smooth.