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'Rhododendron recurvoides' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
Generally a dwarf shrub, 1–1.5 m; young shoots glandular-setose; bud scales persistent. Leaves coriaceous, 3–7 × 1–2 cm, lanceolate to oblanceolate, apex blunt, margins strongly inrolled, lower surface with a dense cinnamon tomentum composed of ramiform hairs. Flowers 4–7 to a truss; calyx 8–10 mm; corolla white flushed pink to rose, lacking a basal blotch though with crimson spots, campanulate, nectar pouches absent, c.30 mm; ovary densely glandular-setose. Flowering April-May. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution Myanmar NE
Habitat 3,350 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H6
Awards AM 1941 (Col E.H.W. Bolitho, Trengwainton, Cornwall); flowers pale Rose Bengal, flushed with deeper shades.
Conservation status Vulnerable (VU)
R. recurvoides superficially resembles R. roxieanum in Subsect. Taliensia, but the glandular-setose young shoots indicate a closer affinity with species in Subsect. Glischra. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)