Shrub, 1.3–4.5 m; young shoots setose-glandular. Leaves herbaceous, 8–11 × 2.8–5 cm, elliptic to oblanceolate, apex cuspidate, upper surface rugulose, with deeply impressed veins, lower surface setose, especially on the veins, usually also with a thin whitish arachnoid tomentum on the veins. Flowers 7–12, in a lax truss; calyx 5–10 mm; corolla white or pale rose, with purple flecks and a basal blotch, campanulate, nectar pouches lacking, 30–40 mm; ovary densely covered with stalked glands. Flowering April-May. Royal Horticultural Society (1997).
Distribution Myanmar NE China W Yunnan
Habitat 2700–3350 m asl.
RHS Hardiness Rating H4
Awards AM 1990 (E. de Rothschild, Exbury) to a clone 'Glister'; trusses loosely borne with up to 12 flowers, corolla white with central part and lobe of each section flushed red-purple with a darker chocolate purple blotch in upper throat.
Conservation status Data deficient (DD)
R. glischroides is allied to R. vesiculiferum, with which it shares rugulose leaves. It can however be distinguished by the lack of vesiculate leaf hairs. Royal Horticultural Society (1997).