Tree 12–15 m; bark rough. Leaves 20–30(–50) × 5.5–10(–20) cm, oblanceolate, apex rounded, apiculate, lower surface covered with a thin one-layered silvery compacted indumentum; petioles terete. Flowers c.20, 8-lobed, in a dense truss, rose-pink, with a crimson blotch at base, ventricose-campanulate, nectar pouches lacking, c.50 mm; stamens 16; ovary densely rufous-tomentose. Flowering March-May. Royal Horticultural Society (1997).
Distribution Myanmar ?NE China S Tibet
Habitat c.2,600 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H4
Awards FCC 1957 (Younger Botanic Garden, Argyll) to a clone 'Benmore' from Kingdon-Ward 6261a; flowers Fuchsine Pink, with deep pink staining and a crimson blotch.
Conservation status Least concern (LC)
Taxonomic note This species may be distinguished by the pink flowers and the silvery leaf indumentum. Royal Horticultural Society (1997).
See R. mollyanum, page 722.
R. pudorosum, mentioned under R. mollyanum, is accepted as a distinct species in the Edinburgh revision.