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An imperfectly understood species similar to R. konori and differing in the nearly completely glabrous style. Most if not all plants of this species are now referable to cultivar ‘Gardenia Odyssey’ a plant introduced into Australia from The Netherlands and now widely distributed. See: Craven L. The Rhododendron, Spring 1993, Vol. 33 pp 11-12, Bringing a conclusion to confusion: Rhododendron ‘Gardenia Odyssey’. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Conservation status Least concern (LC)