Vireya species. Small shrub which in nature clings to cliffs by sending roots down into crevices in the rocks. The species has also been described as growing as an epiphyte (i.e. on trees).The species has glossy, oval-shaped leaves about 75mm long. The deep red, bell shaped flowers occur during spring and summer, the exact flowering time depending on the geographical location where the plant is grown. The flowers occur in terminal clusters of up to six. Can be grown successfully in a moist, shaded, well drained position in temperate climates but can be difficult to maintain in tropical areas at low altitudes. It is damaged by frost. The species also makes an excellent plant for growing in a container.