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Much-branched prostrate shrub, rarely more than 0.3 m high; young shoots covered with adpressed flattened shining brown hairs. Leaves of one kind, persistent, 0.5-1.2 x 0.2-1 cm, 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.2 mm; corolla dark red, funnel-campanulate, 20-25 mm; stamens 10; ovary densely bristly, style glabrous. Flowering June-August. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution Taiwan (China) N
Habitat 350-2,300 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H5
Awards AM 1970 (Hydon Nurseries, Godalming) to a clone 'Mariko'; flowers red, flushed deeper in centre of upper throat.
Conservation status Endangered (EN)
This is a distinctive species on account of its dwarf, creeping habit. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)