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A shrub 3 to 6 ft high; shoots glabrous, greyish brown. Leaves oblong-ovate, varying to lanceolate and ovate, 2 to 4 in. long, about half as wide, rounded at the base or occasionally slightly cordate there, slenderly pointed, entire, glabrous and bright green above, very glaucous and with minute, appressed, reddish down beneath. Flowers fragrant, pendulous in axillary racemes 3 or 4 in. long; corolla white, globose-ovoid, 2⁄5 in. long, 3⁄8 in. wide, with five minute, triangular lobes at the mouth, slightly red-downy outside, glabrous within; sepals 1⁄4 in. long, erect. Blossoms in July. Bot. Mag., t. 9490.
Native of N.W. Yunnan, China, and of S.E. Tibet; found in 1924 by Forrest and Kingdon Ward, both of whom sent seeds. From these, flowering plants were raised at Trewithen, Cornwall, and at Headfort, Co. Meath.