Description from Flora of China
Shrubs, evergreen, erect, 1-3 m tall. Spines gray, longer than 2 cm; young branches with dense white or pale brown scales. Petiole grayish brown, 3-5 mm; leaf blade elliptic, 3-6 × 1.5-3 cm, leathery, abaxially densely silvery scaly, lateral veins 5 or 6 per side of midrib, base rounded or obtuse, margin entire, apex rounded or obtuse. Flowers 1-5 in axils. Flowers nodding, white, outside densely silvery scaly. Calyx tube broadly campanulate, slightly 4-ribbed, ca. 4 mm; lobes broadly ovate, ca. 2 mm, inside sparsely white stellate, apex acute. Filaments very short; anthers oblong, ca. 2 mm. Style slightly curved, with white stellate hairs. Drupe red, broadly ellipsoid, ca. 1.1 × 0.5 cm, densely silvery scaly. Fl. Jan-Mar, fr. Apr-May.
● Forests; 2000-2200 m. NW Yunnan.