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Shrub, usually dwarf, 0.6-2 m. Leaves 5.5-7.5 x 1.5-2(-3) cm, elliptic, lower surface covered with a dense felted, cinnamon to buff indumentum composed of rosulate hairs; petioles glabrescent. Flowers 3-7, in a tight truss; calyx 2-10 mm; corolla fleshy, pale rose to deep crimson, sometimes with faint flecks, 30-35 mm; ovary brown-tomentose and glandular, abruptly contracted into the glabrous style. Flowering April-May. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution China SE Tibet, NW Yunnan
Habitat 3,650-4,250 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H5
Awards AM 1940 (L. de Rothschild, Exbury) as R. gymnocarpum; flowers deep rich crimson.
Conservation status Vulnerable (VU)
Taxonomic note Including R. gymnocarpum Balf.f. ex Tagg & R. perulatum BALF.F. & Forrest Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
See R. gymnocarpum on page 678. As mentioned, this species and R. microgynum are closely allied and have now been united.