Dwarf shrub, 0.1-1 m. Leaves 2-6 x 1.5-3.2 cm, broadly obovate to broadly elliptic, lower surface glabrous (in cultivation); petioles tomentose and/or stalked-glandular. Flowers (1-)2-5, in a lax truss; calyx 1-7(-15) mm; corolla fleshy, pink to deep crimson, campanulate, with nectar pouches, 25-45 mm; ovary very sparsely to densely rufous-tomentose, sometimes also with at least some glands, abruptly contracted into the glabrous style. Flowering March-May. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution China S Tibet, NW Yunnan
Habitat 4,000-4,600 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H5
Conservation status Vulnerable (VU)
Corolla pale to deep pink; calyx minute, 1mm or less; ovary densely hairy.
Distribution China (S Tibet).
Var chamaethomsonii may be no more than a hybrid of R. Forrestii. Var. chamaethauma is however more distinctive and might be a species in its own right.
Corolla crimson to carmine; calyx lobes to 7(-15)mm; ovary sparsely hairy, sometimes glandular.
Distribution China (SE Tibet, NW Yunnan).
Awards AM 1932 (Lady Aberconway and Hon H.D. McLaren, Bodnant) as R. repens var. chamaedoxa; flowers crimson.