Rhododendron anthopogonoides

A thin, upright, evergreen shrub, less than 1m high – so far, very hardy. Branchlets brownish, lepidote and in part pubescent. Leaves dark green, leathery, slightly revolute, with mucro, sweet aromatic, elliptic, to 27 x 12 mm. Apex acute obtuse to rounded. Leaf base rounded, obtuse, rarely acute. Leaf upper side with small, scattered scales, glabrous. Leaf lower side brownish, densely lepidote with multiple overlaying scales, with distinctive, raised midrib. Petiole < 5mm, scaly and with some fine hairs. Inflorescence a dense, semiglobular, terminal umbel with 10+ flowers. Flower bud scales lepidote, pubescent, persisting during flowering. Pedicel 2 mm, pubescent, elepidote. Calyx deeply divided into 5 ovate lobes, finely pubescent and with marginal ciliate hairs, 2 mm+. Corolla tubular-funnelshaped, weith 5 spreading lobes, glabrous outside, densely covered with bristly hairs inside the tube, pink (the tube) gradually turning white (the lobes), c. 12 x 12 mm (tube 7-8 mm), Flowers with a sweet, fruity fragrance. Ovary with proximal fine hairs, otherwise densely lepidote, ovoid, 1.4 mm. Stamens 5, glabrous, equal in length, located deep in the tube, white, 4-5 mm. Anthers brown, 0.7 mm. Style short and wide, much shorter than the stamens, 1.2 mm, with turbinate, green stigma. Capsule and seeds unknown at present. Locality: Huanglong, N. Sichuan, alt. 3000m. Occurrence according to Flora of China efloras org.: Gansu, Qinghai, NW Sichuan, China.