Rhododendron balangense Fang

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'Rhododendron balangense' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/rhododendron/rhododendron-balangense/). Accessed 2021-06-23.

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'Rhododendron balangense' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/rhododendron/rhododendron-balangense/). Accessed 2021-06-23.

Small tree, c.3 m; bark rough. Leaves thick, 6-10 x 3.5-5 cm, obovate to elliptic-obovate, apex acute; lower surface covered with a white or pale yellowish partially floccose indumentum composed of dendroid hairs; petioles thick, more or less flattened. Flowers 13-15, in a dense truss, 5-6-lobed, white, funnel-campanulate, with purple nectar pouches, 35-40 mm; stamens 10-12; ovary glabrous. Flowering May. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)

 

Distribution  China W Sichuan

Habitat c.2,000 m

RHS Hardiness Rating H5

Conservation status Endangered (EN)

R. balangense was originally placed in Subsect. Taliensia but is apparently allied to R. watsonii. It is restricted to a single mountain (Balang Shan), in W Sichuan. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)