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Shrub, 1-4 m; young shoots sparsely setose, the setae soon deciduous. Leaves 7-12 x 3.5-6 cm, 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-)55-75 mm, outer surface scaly throughout, pubescent at base; stamens 10; ovary scaly, tapering into the style that is scaly below. Flowering April-May. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution China W Yunnan
Habitat 1,800-2,750 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H2
Conservation status Vulnerable (VU)
Taxonomic note (incl. R. lasiopodum Hutch.) Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
This species is closely allied to R. pachypodum but differs in its broader leaves, with less densely spaced scales. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)