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A deciduous shrub 3 to 5 ft high, with bristly young shoots. Leaves ovate-oblong, rounded or broadly tapered at the base, short-pointed or often blunt at the apex, 11⁄2 to 21⁄2 in. long, about half as wide, hairy on the margins, and more or less so on both surfaces; dark green above, greyish beneath; stalk 1⁄8 in. long. Flowers produced at the base of the young shoots at the end of May; corolla funnel-shaped, about 1 in. long, 5⁄8 in. wide at the mouth, yellow or yellowish white, the tube longer than the lobes. Each pair of flowers is subtended by two roundish ovate membranous bracts up to 1 in. long, edged with bristles; stalk 1⁄3 to 1⁄2 in. long, bristly.
Native of Turkestan; introduced early last century. Interesting on account of the large bracts.
L. setifera – This species also occurs in Yunnan, whence it has been reintroduced by the Sino-British Expedition to Yunnan (SBEC 0656).
L. bracteata Royle