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'Rhododendron leptocarpum' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
Usually an epiphytic shrub, to 2 m; young shoots scaly, glabrous. Leaves 5.5-7.5 x 1.8-2.5 cm, elliptic or narrowly elliptic, apex rounded, mucronate, lower surface papillose, scales close, yellow, unequal, the smaller sunk in pits, their rims upturned. Pedicels thin, 25-35 mm, scaly; Flowers 4-10 per inflorescence; calyx lobes 2-5 mm, well-developed, spreading or reflexed; corolla yellow, campanulate, 9-13 mm; tube 4-6 mm, scaly outside, hairy within; stamens 10, regular; ovary scaly, tapering into the decimate style. Flowering April-May. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution Bhutan Myanmar NE China NW Yunnan, S Tibet India Arunachal Pradesh
Habitat 2,450-3,350(-4,300) m
RHS Hardiness Rating H5
Conservation status Least concern (LC)
Taxonomic note (incl. R. micromeres Tagg) Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
A distinctive species, without close relatives. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)