Description from Flora of China
Linnaea forrestii Diels, Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh 5: 178. 1912; Abelia gracilenta W. W. Smith; A. gracilenta var. microphylla W. W. Smith; A. microphylla (W. W. Smith) Golubkova.
Shrubs, deciduous, to 2 m tall. Branches densely pubescent. Leaf blade narrowly elliptic to lanceolate, 3-7 × 1-2 cm, base obtuse, margin entire, apex acute. Flowers single and axillary, sometimes slightly paniculate; peduncles 3-4 mm; ovary with 4 linear bracts at base. Calyx reddish in fruit; sepals 5, oblanceolate, 6-8 × 1-2 mm, 3-veined, sparsely pubescent. Corolla white to rose, bilabiate, outside pubescent or glandular hairy, inside sparsely villous; tube to 45 mm, expanded in upper part, gibbous at base; lobes 5, orbicular, 4-5 mm; lip without any markings. Stamens 4; filaments ca. as long as corolla; anthers elliptic, to 2 mm. Style sparsely pubescent; stigmas capitate, slightly exserted. Achene to 7 mm, crowned with 5 persistent and enlarged sepals. Fl. May-Sep, fr. Oct.
This is a rare species.
● Sunny places on mountain slopes, scrub; 1900-3300 m. SW Sichuan, NW Yunnan.