This species is found at elevations of between 11,000 and 14,000 ft in the mountains of Yunnan and Szechwan provinces in China, and in N.E. Tibet. It is a prized species because of its foliage. The leaves are thick and shiny and almost a black-green in color. The undersides are coated with a thick tan felt called indumentum, which is a prized characteristic among collectors. The flowers are pure white with some red spotting. The flower trusses have as many as 20 flowers. This plant is a slow grower, only reaching 3 ft. in many years.
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