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Erect shrub to 4m usually terrestrial, young stems with scattered scales at first. Leaves 3-7 x 2-6cm, elliptic, broadly elliptic or slightly obovate-elliptic, the apex shortly and broadly attenuate to a mostly obtuse point, occasionally rounded, the margin entire and flat, the base strongly to weakly cordate; the upper surface at first with rather smooth silvery scales, quickly glabrescent, the midrib slightly impressed above, widening abruptly to the petiole near the base, the laterals 6-8 irregular pairs with other smaller but distinct ones between, all slightly raised; the lower surface with the midrib only very slightly raised but the laterals finely but distinctly so, scales rather widely spaced, small, flat and irregularly lobed. Flowers 4-6 per umbel, half hanging; calyx indistinctly five-lobed, slightly scaly; corolla mostly red at the base, fading to pink upwards and with white lobes but quite variable in the intensity of the pigmentation, beautifully scented, long-tubular, with a straight or more usually slightly curved tube, 6-8 x 2.5-3.5cm, slightly scaly outside; stamens 10, rather irregularly exserted from the mouth; ovary densely covered with appressed hairs and scales, the style also hairy and scaly in the lower 2/3.
Distribution Papua New Guinea (Maneau Range in the Milne Bay Province).
RHS Hardiness H1b.
See remarks under R. tuba for differences between this species and the most closely related ones.