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'Rhododendron kendrickii' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
Shrub or small tree, 3-8 m. Leaves sub-coriaceous, 10-13.5 x 2-3.5 cm, narrowly elliptic to narrowly oblanceolate, apex acuminate, margin usually strongly undulate, lower surface with hairs on midrib, otherwise glabrous, punctate hair bases not persisting. Flowers fleshy, 10-20, in a dense truss, deep rose to scarlet, with darker flecks, tubular-campanulate, with nectar pouches, 30-40 mm; ovary with a few dendroid hairs, eglandular, style glabrous. Flowering April-May. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution Bhutan China S Tibet India Arunachal Pradesh
Habitat 2,300-2,800 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H4
Conservation status Least concern (LC)
Taxonomic note (?incl. R. shepherdii Nuttall) Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Closely allied to R. ramsdenianum, which may be distinguished by its broader leaves.
R. shepherdii, which is not now in cultivation, is probably a form of R. kendrickii but material is not available to confirm this. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)