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'Rhododendron atrovirens' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
Large shrub or small tree; young shoots covered with adpressed flattened brown hairs. Leaves of one kind, persistent, 2-8 x 1-3 cm, elliptic, apex acuminate, lower surface covered with adpressed brown hairs, densely so on midrib. Flowers 2-4 per inflorescence; calyx 24 mm, densely covered with flattened shining brown hairs; corolla red, with darker flecks at base of upper lobes, funnel-campanulate, 15-30 mm, glabrous; stamens 10; ovary densely covered with adpressed flattened shining brown hairs; style glabrous. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution China NE Yunnan, Sichuan, Guizhou
Habitat 750-1,800 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H3
Conservation status Vulnerable (VU)
This distinctive species, which has only recently been introduced into cultivation, is almost certainly frost-sensitive. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)