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'Rhododendron lukiangense' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
Shrub or small tree, 1-7.5 m. Leaves coriaceous, 8-16.5 x 3-5.2 cm, elliptic to oblanceolate, apex acuminate, lower surface of leaves glabrous though with persistent red punctate hairs bases overlying the veins. Flowers 6-15, in a truss, pale to deep magenta rose, darker on the lobe margins, with darker flecks and usually also a basal blotch; tubular-campanulate; ovary glabrous to sparsely rufous-tomentose, style glabrous. Flowering March-April. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution China SE Tibet, NW Yunnan, SW Sichuan
Habitat 2,100-3,350 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H4
Conservation status Least concern (LC)
This species is closely allied to R. irroratum but may be distinguished from the latter species by its glabrous style. The subspecies that have been recognized in the past intergrade to such an extent that their maintenance is not justified. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)