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New article for Trees and Shrubs Online.
'Rhododendron bureavioides' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
Shrub, to 2.5 m. Leaves 7-14 x 3.5-6 cm, elliptic to broadly obovate, apex acute to acuminate; lower surface covered with a dense two-layered indumentum, the upper layer white at first, becoming rufous at maturity, composed of ramiform hairs with stiff branches, the lower white and compacted; petioles densely rufous-tomentose. Flowers c. 10, in a dense truss; calyx 7-12 mm; corolla white suffused rose to rose, with crimson flecks and basal blotch, funnel-campanulate, nectar pouches lacking, 40-45 mm; ovary and lower half of style stalked-glandular. Flowering May. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution China W Sichuan-Kangding
Habitat 3,000-?4,770 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H7
Conservation status Least concern (LC)
This species clearly differs from R. bureavii in its two-layered leaf indumentum, a characteristic that suggests an affinity with R. rufum rather than with the former species. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)