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Shrub, 2-4m. Leaves coriaceous, 9-11 x 2-3.2cm, lanceolate, apex acuminate, lower surface covered with a dense thick dark fawn to light brown indumentum composed of dendroid hairs with long straight branches. Flowers 10-15, in a dense truss, white flushed pink, with a few flecks, campanulate, lacking nectar pouches, 35-40mm; ovary densely brown-tomentose, style glabrous.
Distribution China (SE Tibet).
RHS Hardiness H4a-b?.
This species is apparently quite distinct from all the remaining members of the subsection, though it is probably allied to R. luciferum.