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A low matted, prostrate or rounded shrub, to 0.9m. Leaves 0.4-1.2(-1.7) x (0.2-)0.3-1cm, broadly elliptic to rotund, apex obtuse or rounded, mucro absent or minute, lower surface covered with uniformly rufous touching scales. Flowers 1-3(-4) per inflorescence; calyx to 2mm, lobes, when present, rounded or deltoid; corolla purplish or violet to rose, exceptionally yellow, broadly funnel-shaped, 9-16mm; stamens 10, rarely 5-6, about as long corolla; ovary scaly, style usually longer than stamens, glabrous or (rarely) puberulous at base.
Distribution NE Burma, China (NW Yunnan, SE Tibet).
RHS Hardiness H4a-b.
This species is allied to R. orthocladum but may be distinguished by the relatively broader leaves.