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Shrub, 1.3-3 m. Leaves 8-10 x 4.2-5.5 cm, obovate, lower surface covered with a two-layered indumentum, the upper layer loosely fulvous-tomentose, composed of dendroid hairs, the lower whitish and compacted; petioles tomentose. Flowers 6-9, in a tight truss; calyx 16-20 mm, cupular; corolla fleshy, crimson, tubular-campanulate, with nectar pouches, c.45 mm; ovary densely tomentose, abruptly contracted into the glabrous style. Flowering April-May. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution China NW Yunnan, SE Tibet
Habitat 3,650-4,400 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H6
Conservation status Vulnerable (VU)
This species is closely allied to R. haematodes; it may however be distinguished by its larger leaves and calyces. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)