Rhododendron simiarum Hance

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Genus

Synonyms

  • R. fokiense Franch.

Other species in genus

Glossary

variety
(var.) Taxonomic rank (varietas) grouping variants of a species with relatively minor differentiation in a few characters but occurring as recognisable populations. Often loosely used for rare minor variants more usefully ranked as forms.

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Shrub, 2-6m. Leaves 7-14.5 x 1.8-4.5cm, narrowly elliptic to broadly oblanceolate, apex rounded to acuminate, upper surface reticulate, lower surface with a one-layered white thin compacted indumentum embedded in a surface film. Flowers 4-7, in a lax truss, pink, with a few darker flecks, open-campanulate, nectar pouches lacking, 25-35mm; ovary rufous-stellate-tomentose, and with shortly stalked glands, style glabrous or with a few glands at base.

Season April-May.

Distribution S & E China.

Habitat 600-1,000m.

RHS Hardiness H2-3.

Taxonomic note (incl. R. fokiense Franch.)

Rare in cultivation as it is susceptible to frost damage; only the type variety is in cultivation.


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