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Shrub 1-3(-7)m. Leaves (6-)9-12 x 3.6-6.2cm, broadly ovate-lanceolate, apex acute to apiculate, lower surface covered with a dense two-layered indumentum, the upper layer usually rust-red, lanate-tomentose, composed of ramiform hairs, the lower compacted; petioles glabrescent. Flowers 10-20, in a dense truss; calyx 1.5-2mm; corolla white to pink, with purple flecks, funnel-campanulate, nectar pouches lacking, 35-40mm; ovary and style glabrous.
Distribution China (N Yunnan, SW Sichuan).
RHS Hardiness H4b.
This species is closely allied to R. taliense and to R. mimetes. Plants from NE Yunnan have been referred to var. wumengense K.M.Feng. These are said to differ in the thinly coriaceous leaves with a fulvous-cinereous-indumentum.