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Shrub, 2-3m; young shoots not setose. Leaves 10-11 x 3.8-4.5cm, elliptic, apex slightly acute, sometimes with a short drip-tip, margin not ciliate; upper surface with midrib impressed, lower surface brownish, covered with large scales 1-3× their own diameter apart. Flowers 3-6, in a lax terminal inflorescence, scented; calyx disc-like, ciliate; corolla creamy white, with a greenish blotch, funnel-shaped, c.60mm, outer surface pubescent and scaly throughout; stamens 10; ovary densely scaly, tapering into the style that is scaly in the lower half.
Distribution India (Arunachal Pradesh), China (SE Tibet).
RHS Hardiness H2?.
This species may be distinguished from the allied R. dendricola by the calyx that is not ciliate.