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Dwarf shrub, 0.15-1 m. Leaves 2-4 x 0.7-1 cm, elliptic, apex cucullate, lower surface with a dense two-layered indumentum, the upper layer brown to rufous, bleaching with age, loosely lanate-tomentose, composed of ramiform hairs, the lower radiate, compacted; petioles densely tomentose. Flowers 5-10, in a tight truss, white or pale cream, flushed rose, with purple flecks, 25-35 mm, campanulate, nectar pouches lacking; ovary rufous-tomentose, eglandular, style glabrous. Flowering April-May. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution China SE Tibet, NW Yunnan, SW Sichuan
Habitat 3,650-4,550 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H6
Conservation status Least concern (LC)
Taxonomic note (incl. R. lampropeplum Balf.f. & Forrest) Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
This species is allied to R. roxieanum, especially var. cucullatum, but differs in its smaller leaves and lower stature. It hybridizes with R. roxieanum (see under that species) and with R. aganniphum (see R. bathythyllum). This dwarf alpine is very slow-growing in cultivation. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)