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A low matted, prostrate or rounded shrub, to 0.9 m. Leaves 0.4-1.2(-1.7) x (0.2-)0.3-1 cm, broadly elliptic to rotund, apex obtuse or rounded, mucro absent or minute, lower surface covered with uniformly rufous touching scales. Flowers 1-3(-4) per inflorescence; calyx to 2 mm, lobes, when present, rounded or deltoid; corolla purplish or violet to rose, exceptionally yellow, broadly funnel-shaped, 9-16 mm; stamens 10, rarely 5-6, about as long corolla; ovary scaly, style usually longer than stamens, glabrous or (rarely) puberulous at base. Flowering April. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution Myanmar NE China NW Yunnan, SE Tibet
Habitat 3,500-4,600 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H6
Conservation status Least concern (LC)
This species is allied to R. orthocladum but may be distinguished by the relatively broader leaves. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)