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Shrub, 2-3 m. Leaves 6-11 x 2.8-4.5 cm, oblanceolate to elliptic, apex acuminate to apiculate, lower surface covered with a two-layered indumentum, the upper layer loose, composed of brown to rust-red detersile ramiform hairs, the lower compacted, whitish; petioles 0.5-2 cm, densely tomentose. Flowers 7-20, in a more or less dense truss; calyx 7-10 mm, lobes broad; corolla white, occasionally flushed pink, sometimes with crimson flecks, campanulate or funnel-campanulate, nectar pouches lacking, 30-40 mm; ovary densely stalked-glandular, style glabrous or glandular at base. Flowering April-May. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution China C Sichuan
Habitat 2,650-3,350 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H6
Conservation status Near threatened (NT)
Taxonomic note Including R. faberioides Balf.f. & R. Wuense Balf.f. This species is allied to R. prattii (q.v.). Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
This species, in its typical state, is now in cultivation from seeds collected on Mount Omei (Emei Shan) by Keith Rushforth (KR 173 and 184). It was mentioned briefly on page 746 under R. prattii, which now becomes a subspecies of it:
subsp. prattii (Franch.) Chamberlain – See R. prattii, page 745. The subspecies faberi differs from this only in having smaller leaves with a denser juvenile tomentum (Rev. 2, p. 359).