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A deciduous bush, of vigorous growth and rounded, dense, leafy habit, probably 8 ft or more high, the whole plant with a pale greyish aspect; young shoots at first downy, becoming glabrous later in the season. Leaves oval, often inclined to obovate, rounded or broadly wedge-shaped at the base and short pointed or rounded at the apex, 1 to 2 in. long, 1⁄2 to 11⁄4 in. wide, dull grey-green above, paler beneath, both sides at first downy becoming almost glabrous, especially above; stalk 1⁄8 to 1⁄4 in. long. Flowers pale yellow, fading to a deeper shade; corolla 1⁄2 to 3⁄4 in. long, hairy outside, swollen at the base. Calyx bell-shaped, but split into two parts. Berries dark red.
Native of Szechwan, China; discovered by the Russian traveller Potanin. Introduced in quantity by Wilson about 1908. A robust species of the same class as L. deflexicalyx and L. quinquelocularis.