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Shrub, to 1m; shoots with a peeling brown bark. Leaves (4-)6.8 x 1.5-2.6cm, elliptic, apex obtuse, lower surface with a glaucous papillate epidermis, scales 3-8× their own diameter apart, unequal, the smaller golden, the larger brown. Pedicels scaly. Flowers 3-6 per inflorescence; calyx lobes 6-8mm, lacking a tuft of hairs at the obtuse apex; corolla bright yellow, campanulate, 20-22mm; stamens 10, regular; ovary scaly, style sharply deflexed, glabrous.
Distribution NE Burma.
RHS Hardiness H3.
Awards AM 1960 and FCC 1966 (National Trust for Scotland, Brodick Castle Gardens) to a clone ‘Glen Cloy’, from Kingdon-Ward 21556; flowers Dresden Yellow.
Closely allied to R. glaucophyllum but differing in the obtuse elliptic leaves, the calyx lobes lacking a tuft of hairs at the apex, and in the bright yellow flowers.