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Small spreading shrub, to 0.3 m; young shoots scaly, glabrous. Leaves c.1.5 x 1 cm, broadly obovate or oblong-obovate, apex obtuse, margin crenate, lower surface with distant narrowly rimmed brown scales. Flowers solitary, terminal; calyx lobes c.7 mm, ciliate, corolla yellow, drying greenish yellow, sometimes with red spots, broadly funnel-campanulate, 20-23 mm, tube c. 14 mm, outer surface densely scaly and pubescent; stamens 10; ovary scaly, impressed below the declinate, glabrous style that is longer than the stamens. Flowering April-May. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution China S Tibet
Habitat c.4,000 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H5
Conservation status Vulnerable (VU)
This is a distinctive species that is rare in the wild. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)