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Shrub to 2m, terrestrial; stems finely scaly at first. Leaves 1.5-4 x 0.4-1.3cm, narrowly elliptic, the apex rounded or slightly retuse, the margin reflexed and minutely crenulate, the base narrowly tapering; upper surface finely scaly at first but quickly glabrescent, midrib impressed, lateral veins 4-5 pairs, inconspicuous; lower surface with the midrib raised, lateral veins inconspicuous. Flowers 3-6 per umbel, horizontal to half-hanging; calyx a low scaly ring; corolla reddish purple, 2.5-3.2 x 1.7-2.4cm, sparsely scaly and finely white-hairy outside; stamens 10 distributed around the mouth of the flower; ovary densely white-hairy and obscurely scaly, style glabrous.
Distribution Sabah (E Malaysia) Kinabalu, east ridge.
RHS Hardiness H1b.
Taxonomic note (R. abietifolium Sleumer x R. buxifolium Low ex Hooker f.)
Sometimes seen in lists as a species this natural hybrid is quite variable. It is a very attractive plant with the young leaves flushing red and is far more vigorous and easy to cultivate than either of its parents.