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Shrub, 1-4m; young shoots sparsely setose, the setae soon deciduous. Leaves 7-12 x 3.5-6cm, obovate, apex abruptly acute, margin ciliate, upper surface with midrib impressed, lower surface brownish with scales up to their own diameter apart. Flowers (2-)3-5, in a loose terminal inflorescence, scented; calyx obscurely lobed, ciliate; corolla white, sometimes flushed pink, with a yellow basal blotch, funnel-shaped, (50-)55-75mm, outer surface scaly throughout, pubescent at base; stamens 10; ovary scaly, tapering into the style that is scaly below.
Distribution China (W Yunnan).
RHS Hardiness H1b-2.
Taxonomic note (incl. R. lasiopodum Hutch.)
This species is closely allied to R. pachypodum but differs in its broader leaves, with less densely spaced scales.