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Shrub, 1-3.5 m. Leaves 8-11 x 3-4.3 cm, elliptic, apex acute, lower surface covered with a two-layered indumentum, the upper layer loose and fawn, composed of long-rayed stellate hairs, the lower compacted; petioles glabrescent. Flowers 12-15, in a dense truss; calyx c.1 mm; corolla white flushed rose to pale pink, with purple flecks and sometimes also a basal blotch, funnel-campanulate, nectar pouches lacking, 30-35 mm; ovary densely rufous-tomentose, style glabrous. Flowering May. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution China NW Yunnan
Habitat 3,350-4,000 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H6
Conservation status Data deficient (DD)
This is a rare species, both in the wild and in cultivation. There is some doubt as to the authenticity of cultivated plants as none can be linked for certain with any of the available preserved material. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)