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An erect evergreen shrub to about 3 ft high in the wild; branchlets downy. Leaves stalked, closely set, alternate, ovate or elliptic, bluntly pointed, about 1⁄8 in. long, thick and slightly concave. Flowers in spring and often again in the autumn, borne in small, pendent terminal spikes. Corolla red, about 1⁄8 in. long, with five lobes equalling the tube in length. Filaments of stamens included; anthers yellow, slightly exserted. Fruits globose, fleshy, bluish. Curtis, End. Fl. Tasmania, Vol. II, No. 49.
Native of the mountains of Tasmania; in cultivation 1940. This attractive little shrub is proving quite hardy in a sheltered place, though late frost may damage it. It flowers well, often twice in the season, and needs a moist, acid gritty soil with leaf-mould and peat added.