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An evergreen shrub with lax, mostly non-twining stems; young shoots glabrous. Leaves leathery, densely arranged, mostly elliptic, 1 to 2 in. long, 3⁄16 to 5⁄8 in. wide, bright green above, paler beneath, glabrous on both sides, tapered at the base to a short, stout petiole. Inflorescence terminal and lateral, about 1 in. to almost 3 in. long, with up to fifteen flowers. Corollas about 1⁄2 in. across, lobes violet or brownish violet on the inside, linear. Follicles horizontal, or spreading at a very wide angle, 3 to 4 in. long, tapered evenly from the base to an acute apex.
Native of the Canary Islands; described in Aiton’s Hortus Kewensis (1789), from a plant introduced by Francis Masson.
P. laevigata var. angustifolia (Labill.) Fiori
P. laevigata subsp. angustifolia (Labill.) Markgraf