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Large shrub or small tree; young shoots densely glandular-setose. Leaves 12-14.5 x 3.5-5cm, obovate to oblanceoate; upper surface rugulose, with deeply impressed veins, lower surface with veins and midrib covered with glandular setae and with white vesiculate hairs. Flowers 10-15 in a truss; calyx 8-10mm; corolla white to rose-purple, with flecks and a small basal blotch, funnel-campanulate, nectar pouches lacking, 25-35mm; ovary densely covered with rufous stalked glands, with an understorey of white vesiculate hairs.
Distribution NE Burma, China (W Yunnan, SE Tibet).
RHS Hardiness H3-4a.
This species is closely allied to R. glischroides but may be distinguished from that species by the presence of vesiculate hairs.