- Indigenous to India, Nepal and South-east Asia, Grewia invades the dry grassy woodlands in North Queensland and is particularly prevalent around the Laura River.
- Resistant to fire
- A large, scraggly, spreading shrub 1-4 m high.
- Long, slender, drooping branches, the young branchlets are densely covered with hairs.
- Leaves alternate, broadly heart-shaped and pointed at the apex, 18 cm long prominently veined (5 main veins from the base), serrated edges with whitish bloom on the underside.
- Small orange-yellow flowers, about 1 cm long on short stalks, clusters in the leaf axils, each with numerous stamens.
- Clusters of round, fleshy, purple to black fruit, each with 1 or 2 hard seeds