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'Rhododendron pudorosum' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
Tree, 6–15 m; bark rough; bud scales persistent on the apical shoots. Leaves 14–20 × 5–7 cm, oblanceolate, apex more or less acute, apiculate, lower surface with a thin whitish compacted and agglutinated indumentum; petioles terete. Flowers 15–25, in a dense truss, 6–8-lobed, rose pink, with a darker blotch, ventricose-campanulate, nectar pouches absent, 30–35 mm; stamens 12–16; ovary whitish-tomentose. Flowering March-April. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution China S Tibet
Habitat 3,600–3,800 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H5
Conservation status Vulnerable (VU)
This is a rare species in cultivation; it is vulnerable to late frosts. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)