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Shrub, 1.5-2 m; young shoots and petioles glabrous or with minute stalked glands. Leaves thick, 6-12 x 3-4 cm, ovate to elliptic, lower surface with a thin adpressed indumentum of scattered dendroid hairs. Flowers 8-10, in a lax truss; calyx (1-)4-10 mm; corolla white flushed rose, with or without purple flecks, funnel-campanulate, nectar pouches lacking, 30-35 mm; ovary densely stalked-glandular, style glandular, at least near the base. Flowering April-May. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution China SE Tibet, NW Yunnan
Habitat 3,000-4,250 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H5
Conservation status Vulnerable (VU)
As there is no direct connection between the few plants in cultivation and wild-collected herbarium specimens, there is some doubt as to their status. In any case R. esetulosum may be a hybrid between R. selense and R. vernicosum. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)