Rhododendron polylepis Franch.

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Shrub or small tree, 1-6m; young growth scaly. Leaves 5-10 x 1.5-3cm, narrowly elliptic, apex acute to rounded, upper surface scaly or not, glabrous, lower surface covered with dark to yellowish brown overlapping large flaky scales. Flowers 3-4, in a loose terminal inflorescence; calyx minute, usually not ciliate; corolla purple, zygomorphic, widely funnel-shaped, 25-30mm, outer surface scaly; stamens 10; ovary scaly, pubescent at apex, impressed below the declinate, glabrous style.

Season April-June.

Distribution China (W Sichuan).

Habitat 2,000-3,000m.

RHS Hardiness H3-4a.

This is a distinctive species.


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