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'Rhododendron seinghkuense' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
Straggling epiphytic shrub, 0.3-1 m. Leaves 2.5-5.5 x 1.5-2.8 cm, ovate to elliptic, apex acuminate, upper surface bullate; lower surface with a glaucous papillate epidermis, scales dense, golden, also with a brown woolly tomentum. Pedicels densely tomentose. Flowers solitary; calyx lobes to 8 mm; corolla bright yellow, campanulate, 18-25 mm; stamens 10, regular; ovary scaly and densely tomentose, especially towards apex, style glabrous. Flowering April. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution Myanmar NE China NW Yunnan, SE Tibet
Habitat 1,800-3,000 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H3
Awards AM 1953 (Crown Estate Commissioners, Windsor); flowers Sulphur Yellow.
Conservation status Vulnerable (VU)
R. seinghkuense resembles R. pendulum but may be distinguished by the flower colour and the acuminate leaves. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)