Description from Flora of China
Shrubs 1-2 m tall. Stems terete, densely furfuraceous and pubescent when young, glabrescent; bark black; branchlets numerous. Petiole 1-2 cm, densely furfuraceous and pubescent when young; leaf blade elliptic to lanceolate-elliptic, 7-14(-18) × 3-5.5(-7) cm, papery, abaxially ± furfuraceous, adaxially glabrescent or sparsely furfuraceous when young, secondary veins 1 or 2 on each side of midvein, base cuneate to broadly cuneate, margin entire or slightly sparsely serrulate, apex acuminate to caudate-acuminate. Inflorescences terminal, narrowly paniculate cymose, (9-)11-16 × 2-3 cm, densely furfuraceous and pubescent or glabrescent. Pedicel ca. 1 mm. Hypanthium narrowly funnelform, ca. 5 mm, ± furfuraceous. Calyx lobes 4, narrowly triangular, to 1 mm. Petals 4, pink, red, or reddish purple, broadly ovate, ca. 3 mm, oblique. Stamens 8, inclined to one side; filaments ca. 4 mm; anthers ca. 4 mm; connective slightly inflated, not spurred. Ovary inferior, ovoid, 4-celled, apex 8-denticulate. Capsule ellipsoid to subovoid, ca. 4 × 3 mm; hypanthium ca. 5 mm, longitudinally 8-ribbed, ± furfuraceous but mostly glabrescent; calyx lobes triangular. Fl. Jul-Sep, fr. Nov-Dec.
● Dense mixed forests, moist places; 500-1700(-2000) m. Guangdong, Guangxi, Yunnan.