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Much-branched prostrate shrub, rarely more than 0.3m high; young shoots covered with adpressed flattened shining brown hairs. Leaves of one kind, persistent, 0.5-1.2 x 0.2-1cm, elliptic to elliptic-obovate, apex acute or mucronulate, upper surface with scattered pilose hairs borne on raised pustules, lower surface paler, with scattered adpressed shining brown hairs; petioles densely bristly. Pedicels covered with flattened brown shining hairs. Flowers 2-3 per inflorescence; calyx c.2mm; corolla dark red, funnel-campanulate, 20-25mm; stamens 10; ovary densely bristly, style glabrous.
Distribution N Taiwan.
RHS Hardiness H4a.
Awards AM 1970 (Hydon Nurseries, Godalming) to a clone ‘Mariko’; flowers red, flushed deeper in centre of upper throat.
This is a distinctive species on account of its dwarf, creeping habit.