Shrub, to 2.6 m; young growth setose. Leaves pale, 4.7–7.5 × 1.8–3.2 mm, elliptic to obovate-elliptic, apex obtuse to rounded, margin not setose, upper surface with impressed midrib, lower surface with well-spaced unequal golden scales. Flowers 2–4, in a loose terminal inflorescence, scented; calyx lobes c.3 mm, not ciliate; corolla white or white flushed pink, with a yellow or golden blotch, funnel-campanulate, 50–55 mm, outer surface with scales restricted to lobes, sparsely pilose over tube; stamens 10; ovary densely scaly, impressed below the style that is scaly at extreme base. Flowering April-May. Royal Horticultural Society (1997).
Distribution China SE Tibet
Habitat 1,950–2,450 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H2
Awards AM 1936 (L. de Rothschild, Exbury); flowers pale pink.
Conservation status Vulnerable (VU)
The pale leaf colour (especially in dried specimens) is a distinctive feature of this species. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)