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'Rhododendron thymifolium' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
Erect, shrub, to 1.2 m. Leaves (0.3-)0.5-1.4 x 2-6 mm, narrowly ovate or elliptic to oblanceolate, apex obtuse, usually shortly mucronate, lower surface covered with uniformly straw-coloured, touching to overlapping scales. Flowers 1(-2) per inflorescence; calyx c.1mm, rim-like or with rounded to deltoid lobes; corolla pale lavender blue to purplish, broadly funnel-shaped, 7-11 mm; stamens 10, exceeding the corolla; ovary scaly, style long or short, glabrous or (rarely) with a few hairs or scales at base. Flowering April-May. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution China N Sichuan, Qinghai, Gansu
Habitat 2,600-4,600 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H6
Conservation status Least concern (LC)
Taxonomic note (incl. R. polifolium Franch. & R. spilanthum Hutch.) Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
This species is probably allied to R. websterianum and R. nitidulum, but it may be distinguished from both by its short calyx. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)