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'Rhododendron nitidulum' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
Erect or ascending much-branched low shrub, to 1.3 m. Leaves 0.5-1.1 x 0.3-0.7 cm, ovate to elliptic, apex obtuse or rounded, mucro absent or obscure, base widening abruptly from the petiole, lower surface covered with uniformly fawn, golden-centred touching scales sometimes also with scattered darker scales. Flowers 1-2 per inflorescence; calyx (1.5-)2.5-3 mm, lobes strap-shaped, rounded; corolla rosy-lilac to violet-purple, funnel-shaped, outer surface without scales, 12-15 mm; stamens (8-)10, more or less equalling the corolla; ovary lepidote, style exceeding the stamens, sometimes pubescent at base. Flowering April-May. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution China Sichuan
Habitat 3,200-5,000 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H7
Conservation status Near threatened (NT)
Leaves covered with uniformly pale scales beneath.