Distribution - China, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces.
Description – A medium growing evergreen species very similar to E. epsteinii without close examination. I suspect the the two species are confused in the nursery industry. Like E. epsteinii this has a bicolour flower with purplish petals backed by white inner sepals. Also both species have prominent spined margins to the leaflets .The rhizome is shorter than those of E. epsteinii .
We have a couple of Chen Yi ‘species that are possibly this one, or akin to it.