Rhododendron pronum Tagg & Forrest

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indumentum
A covering of hairs or scales.

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Creeping shrub, 0.15-0.6m; perulae persistent. Leaves (4-)6-7.5 x 1.8-2.8cm, elliptic, apex acuminate, lower surface with a dense greyish to fawn two-layered indumentum, the upper layer loosely lanate-tomentose, composed of ramiform hairs, the lower compacted; petioles glabrescent. Flowers 6-10, in a tight truss; calyx 1-2mm; corolla white or cream to pink, with purple flecks, funnel-campanulate, nectar pouches lacking, 35-45mm; ovary and style glabrous.

Season May.

Distribution China (W Yunnan).

Habitat 3,650-4,400m.

RHS Hardiness H4b.

This is a rare species in the wild that rarely flowers in cultivation. Its dwarf habit and a greyish leaf indumentum make this a distinctive species that has no close allies.


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