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'Rhododendron luciferum' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
Shrub or small tree, 1.5-7.5 m. Leaves coriaceous, 8.5-11 x 3-4.5 cm, elliptic to ovate, apex acute to acuminate, lower surface covered with a thick rusty brown indumentum composed of dendroid hairs. Flowers 8-10, in a dense truss, pale yellow, with at least a few red flecks, funnel-campanulate, without nectar pouches, 30-45 mm; ovary densely covered with a pale brown tomentum; style glabrous. Flowering April-May. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution China SE Tibet
Habitat 3,350-4,000 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H6
Conservation status Vulnerable (VU)
This species is closely allied to R. lanatum but it is usually a larger plant, with a reddish brown leaf indumentum. It also has a more Easterly distribution. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)