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Upright rounded shrub, to 1.5 m. Leaves (0.7)1-1.8(-2.2) x (0.3-)0.5-0.9 cm, elliptic or oblong-elliptic, apex rounded without a mucro, lower surface covered with a mixture of touching or discontiguous colourless to straw-coloured scales with golden centres, and tan to dark amber scales with darker centres. Flowers 3-5 per inflorescence; calyx lobes to 6mm, unequal; corolla pale lavender to bluish purple or deep purple, broadly funnel-shaped, 10-15 mm; stamens 10, about as long as the corolla, style usually longer than (rarely the same length as) the stamens, glabrous or pubescent towards the base. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution China N Sichuan, Qinghai, Gansu, Shaanxi
Habitat 3,000-4,300 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H6
Conservation status Least concern (LC)
This species resembles R. nitidulum, with which it possibly intergrades. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)