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Dwarf shrub, to 1m; shoots with a shredding brownish bark. Leaves 3-4.2 x 1.4-2.5cm, obovate to narrowly obovate, apex rounded, lower surface covered with pale yellow, clouded or milky scales, the smaller more or less touching. Pedicels scaly. Flowers 4-6 per inflorescence; calyx lobes 3.5-5mm, rounded at apex; corolla dull crimson to plum purple, campanulate, 10-13mm; stamens 10, regular; ovary scaly, style sharply deflexed, glabrous.
Distribution India (Arunachal Pradesh, NE Burma).
RHS Hardiness H3-4a.
This is a distinctive species.