Shrub, to 1 m; shoots with a peeling brown bark. Leaves (4-)6.8 x 1.5-2.6 cm, elliptic, apex obtuse, lower surface with a glaucous papillate epidermis, scales 3-8× their own diameter apart, unequal, the smaller golden, the larger brown. Pedicels scaly. Flowers 3-6 per inflorescence; calyx lobes 6-8 mm, lacking a tuft of hairs at the obtuse apex; corolla bright yellow, campanulate, 20-22 mm; stamens 10, regular; ovary scaly, style sharply deflexed, glabrous. Flowering April-May. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution Myanmar NE
Habitat 3,050-3,350 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H4
Awards AM 1960 and FCC 1966 (National Trust for Scotland, Brodick Castle Gardens) to a clone 'Glen Cloy', from Kingdon-Ward 21556; flowers Dresden Yellow.
Conservation status Vulnerable (VU)
Closely allied to R. glaucophyllum but differing in the obtuse elliptic leaves, the calyx lobes lacking a tuft of hairs at the apex, and in the bright yellow flowers. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)