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A deciduous shrub 4 to 5 ft high; shoots rough when young with starlike scales. Leaves ovate, with long slender points, and a rounded or tapered base, unequally toothed, dull green and rough above, grey beneath, and thickly covered with minute starry scales, 1 to 21⁄2 in. long, 1⁄2 to 11⁄2 in. wide. Flowers in short racemes or corymbs 2 in. wide; petals 3⁄8 to 1⁄2 in. long, downy; wings of stamens toothed; calyx grey with stellate scales, its lobes narrow, pointed.
Native of the Himalaya; tender in this country. At Kew it is cut down to the ground almost every year, and its flowers consequently are not often seen.
A recent reintroduction from Nepal (Schilling 2087 (1975)) has proved to be as tender as plants previously tried in gardens.
D. brunoniana Wall., nom. nud.
D. corymbosa Lindl., not R. Br.
D. canescens Hort