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A small bush or straggling shrub reported up to 3m but rarely more than 1m high; young stems at first rough with dark brown dendroid scales which easily detach. Leaves, 3-6.5 x 2-3.5cm ovate or oblong-ovate, the apex broadly and bluntly pointed, the margin flat or slightly revolute, the base rounded to cordate; the upper surface smooth, at first silvery scaly but quickly becoming glabrous, midrib impressed, three to four pairs of laterals somewhat impressed and the reticulation distinct; lower surface moderately densely covered in the rusty brown dendroid scales of different sizes and each mounted on a small white tubercle which remains after the scales have gone, midrib raised and distinct throughout its length the laterals slightly raised but less prominent than on the upper side. Flowers 2-5 per umbel, hanging; calyx a low scaly ring; corolla pink, shortly cylindrical with a curved tube and rather large lobes, 2.5-3.5 x 3.5-4cm, with rather inconspicuous brown scales on the tube and lobes outside; ovary densely stellate-scaly, style stellate-scaly almost to the top.
Distribution Eastern Papua New Guinea (from Morobe Province to Milne Bay Province).
RHS Hardiness H1b.
This lovely and easily grown species now includes R. warianum Schltr. Various forms are in cultivation, some of them very compact which makes them excellent pot plants.