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Creeping shrub, 0.15-0.6 m; perulae persistent. Leaves (4-)6-7.5 x 1.8-2.8 cm, elliptic, apex acuminate, lower surface with a dense greyish to fawn two-layered indumentum, the upper layer loosely lanate-tomentose, composed of ramiform hairs, the lower compacted; petioles glabrescent. Flowers 6-10, in a tight truss; calyx 1-2 mm; corolla white or cream to pink, with purple flecks, funnel-campanulate, nectar pouches lacking, 35-45 mm; ovary and style glabrous. Flowering May. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution China W Yunnan
Habitat 3,650-4,400 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H6
Conservation status Vulnerable (VU)
This is a rare species in the wild that rarely flowers in cultivation. Its dwarf habit and a greyish leaf indumentum make this a distinctive species that has no close allies. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)