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Tree to 6 m. Branchlets 4–5 mm diameter. Buds narrowly conical, to 1.8 cm, with some rufous hairs. Leaves to 9 cm, with six to nine pairs of leaflets. Leaflets ovate-lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, acute, margins toothed in upper half; stipules caducous, small. Fruit obovoid, 0.8–1 0.6–0.8 cm, ripening white with a pink flush; carpels three to four. Sexual diploid. Rushforth 1991, McAllister 2005a. Distribution BHUTAN; CHINA: Xizang. Habitat Betula -Rhododendron forest. USDA Hardiness Zone 6. Conservation status Not evaluated.
Sorbus lingshiensis is related to the S. rehderiana complex, differing in its more slender shoots, fewer leaflets and fewer carpels. It was described from Lingshi in the northwest of Bhutan where it grows with S. rinzenii in low forest dominated by Betula utilis and Rhododendron aeruginosum Hook. f. Similar plants occur in adjacent southeast Tibet. Sorbus lingshiensis was collected under the numbers KR 876 and 878, and has been distributed by John Millais (K. Rushforth, pers. comm. 2008).