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'Rhododendron tashiroi' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
Branched shrub, 2-6 m; young shoots covered with more or less flattened weak brown hairs. Leaves apparently of one kind, persistent, apparently in clusters of 2-3 at the tips of the branches, 4.5-7 x 1.5-2.5 cm, apex acute, both surfaces at first covered with adpressed grey-brown hairs, glabrescent though with some hairs remaining on midrib; petioles covered with adpressed brown hairs. Pedicels densely clothed with brown bristles. Flowers 2-5 per inflorescence; calyx c.1 mm; corolla pale rose-purple, with a few flecks, broadly funnel-campanulate, 25-40 mm; stamens (4-)5; ovary densely covered with adpressed flattened shining brown hairs, style glabrous. Flowering May. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution Japan S Taiwan ?S
Habitat s.l.-500 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H3
Conservation status Near threatened (NT)
This distinctive species shows features of both Sect. Brachycalyx and Sect. Tsutsusi; in the past it has been placed in its own section. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)