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Shrub or tree, 2-10 m; young shoots and petioles rufous stellate-tomentose. Leaves 10-18.5 x 3-7.2 cm, oblanceolate to elliptic, both surfaces glabrous and shining when mature, or with vestiges of indumentum, especially on the midrib towards the base. Flowers c.10, in a lax truss; calyx 3-5 mm; corolla deep rose to scarlet, tubular-campanulate, with nectar pouches, 40-50 mm; ovary rufous stellate-tomentose; style with floccose stellate hairs and glands. Flowering June-July. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution Myanmar NE China W Yunnan
Habitat 2,700-3,350 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H5
Awards AM 1924 (T.H. Lowinsky, Sunninghill); flowers reddish salmon, with darker spots. FCC 1980 (R.N.S. Clarke, Borde Hill, Sussex) to a clone 'Eric Rudd', from Forrest 26045; truss loose, rounded, comprising up to 13 flowers, corolla red, with overall red mottling.
Conservation status Least concern (LC)
This species is allied to R. kyaiuii but lacks the setose glands on the young shoots that characterize the latter species. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)