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A tree 30 to 60 ft high, the shoots, under-surface of the leaves, and inflorescences covered with velvety, branching hairs which mostly fall away by the end of the season. Leaves broadly ovate, straight or slightly heart-shaped at the base, long and taper-pointed, 3 to 6 in. long, 2 to 5 in. wide; stalk 11⁄2 to 4 in. long. Flowers 11⁄2 in. long and nearly as wide, pinkish, spotted in and round the throat with brownish red, and stained with yellow; produced seven to fifteen together in corymbs. Calyx velvety; corolla bell-shaped, with five rounded, frilled lobes, and about 11⁄2 in. across. Seed-pod 12 to 18 in. long, very slender.
Native of W. China; introduced to France towards the end of last century. It was named from specimens collected by Père Farges in Szechwan, where it was also found by Henry. Wilson sent seed from Hupeh in 1901 and again in 1907.
f. duclouxii - specimens. Trewithen, Cornwall, 50 × 23⁄4 ft (1985); Caerhays, Cornwall, 40 × 41⁄4 ft (1984).
C. duclouxii Dode
C. sutchuenensis Dode