R. falconeri. The leaves according to W.J. Bean are very stout thick and strongly veined the upper surface dark green curiously wrinkled but otherwise smooth the lower surface covered with a dense rust coloured felt. The garden specimen on the left was less than 20 years old and probably of garden origin. The indumentum on the upper surface of the new leaves seems to be a characteristic of R. falconeri var eximium which is allied to R. falconeri but differs in this, 'brown mealy tomentum that covers the upper surface of the leaves for the first season or longer'.
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