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An evergreen, elegant, scandent shrub, growing 20 ft high where support is available; stems slender, cord-like, armed with a few spines. Leaves three-lobed, 4 to 6 in. long, glabrous above, covered beneath with a close white felt; stalk 1 to 11⁄2 in. long; lobes of varying depth but usually reaching about three-fourths down the blade, narrow (from 3⁄4 to 1 in. wide at the base), tapering to a long fine point, finely toothed. Flowers pink, of little beauty, 3⁄4 in. across, borne six to ten together in terminal and axillary racemes 3 in. or so long; petals and sepals of about equal length, the latter covered with glandular hairs, and ending in a tail-like point. Fruits shining black, 1⁄2 in. wide.
Native of Central and W. China; first discovered near Ichang by Henry, in whose honour it is named. Introduced by Wilson in 1900. It is mainly represented in cultivation by:
R. bambusarum Focke