The leaves are variable, usually narrow-lanceolate to linear, usually 2–10 cm (0.8–3.9 in) long and 3–25 mm (0.1–1.0 in) wide. Both surfaces of leaves are glossy, with the midvein prominent and raised on upper surface. The flowers are mauve to white. The globose berries are 1–2 cm (0.4–0.8 in) in diameter and contain numerous black seeds. The high degree of variation in the shape of the leaves has resulted in the establishment of numerous infraspecific taxa over the years, none of which is recognised by most present-day systematists.
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