Originally part of the Genus Carolinella which was later transferred to Primula. The name Primula henryi is illegitimate as it is a later homonym and so it was replaced with the name P. carolinehenryi. This name has been corrected according to the Code of Nomenclature to P. carolinehenryae as the name commemorates a female. This species was discovered in SE Yunnan, near Meng-tze (now Honghe) and recently in North Vietnam. It is distinguished from P. chapaensis, which is found in the same area, by having a cuneate or rounded leaf base (P. chapaensis has a cordate base). A large efarinose plant with rhizomes up to 2cm in diameter and 2-3 long-petioled leaves per rosette, each up to 12cm broad. Scape to 21cm with a raceme of 10-25 pink or creamy flowers.