Fast-growing, foetid, densely stellate-tomentose, unarmed, shrub or small tree to 4 m. Prominent leafy false stipules usually present at base of petiole. Leaves: petiole (2-)4-5 cm; lamina
15-30(-40) × 6-11(-20) cm, ovate to elliptic, entire, acuminate.
Cymes pedunculate, many-flowered, flat-topped, terminal. Calyx 5-6
mm; lobes broadly elliptic. Corolla 1.6-2 cm across,
stellate to pentagonal, violet-blue. Anthers 2.6-3 mm,
pale yellow. Berry c.1.5 cm, spherical, dull
An early coloniser of cleared areas in the Vumba; however, it is eventually shaded out by the redeveloping forest.In leaf, it is superficially similar to Vernonia myriantha. See that species for information on how to separate them.
An aggressive alien invader in disturbed areas, on roadsides and appearing spontaneously in gardens, probably birdsown. It appears to act as a pioneer in cleared areas of forest, invading and dominating these clearings for some time.