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Low shrub, to 0.5 m; young growth scaly and sometimes puberulent. Leaves thick, 4.7-8 × 1.3-2.5 cm, narrowly elliptic to elliptic, apex more or less obtuse, lower surface pale green, with scales 1-2× their diameter apart, translucent, yellowish, upper surface darker, with midrib puberulent below; petioles puberulent. Pedicels densely scaly. Flowers 12-16, in an elongated raceme with a conspicuous rhachis; calyx lobes 4-6 mm; corolla white or greenish white, campanulate, tube 6-8 mm, lobes c.5 mm; stamens 10, regularly arranged; ovary scaly, impressed below the sharply deflexed style. Flowering June. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution Afghanistan Near the border between the two countries Pakistan
Habitat 2,000-3,000 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H3
Conservation status Vulnerable (VU)
A distinctive species on account of the characteristic inflorescence. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)