Description from Flora of China
Plants perennial. Stems ascending to suberect, 20-30 cm, densely retrorse puberulent, apex leafless or with reduced leaves. Leaves basal or subbasal, 3-foliolate; petiole 4.5-9.5 cm, densely retrorse puberulent, petiolule of terminal leaflet 5-10 mm, petiolules of lateral leaflets 2-3 mm; terminal leaflets rhombic-ovate, 3-4 × 1.5-2 cm, strigose especially on veins, base cuneate, margin coarsely and sometimes double crenate-serrate, apex obtuse to acute; lateral leaflets ovate, 1.5-2.5 × 1-1.5 cm. Inflorescences densely pubescent; racemes terminal, 10-18 cm, pedunculate; verticillasters 4-6, 2- to many flowered, widely spaced; bracts and bracteoles linear, 1.5-2 mm. Pedicel 1.5-2.5 mm. Calyx tubular, 5-8 mm, glandular pilose along veins; upper lip triangular, margin entire, apex 3-mucronate; teeth of lower lip narrowly triangular, apex acuminate. Corolla sparsely puberulent. Filaments slightly shorter than connectives, upper arms ca. 2 × as long as lower, with united anther cells. Nutlets unknown. Fl. Oct.
Apparently a close ally of Salvia japonica only differing in the exannulate calyx and corolla.
* Rocky riverbanks; ca. 800 m. Yunnan