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Dwarf shrub, 0.15-1m. Leaves 2-4 x 0.7-1cm, 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, 25-35mm, campanulate, nectar pouches lacking; ovary rufous-tomentose, eglandular, style glabrous.
Distribution China (SE Tibet, NW Yunnan, SW Sichuan).
RHS Hardiness H4b.
Taxonomic note (incl. R. lampropeplum Balf.f. & Forrest)
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.