Rhododendron bureavii

A rather dense, globular, evergreen shrub. Fully hardy. Young shoots stout, redbrown, covered by a woolly tomentum. Petioles, tomentose with a mixture of ramiform hairs and stipitate, brown, glandular hairs, redbrown, to 30 x 8 mm. Leaves elliptic, leathery, to 15 x 6 cm. Apex acuminate to acute, with mucro. Leaf base rounded to obtuse. Leaf upper side dark green, at first with remains of tomentum, later shiny and glabrous. Leaf lower side covered by a woolly, beige to cinnamon brown, unistrate indumentum of ramiform hairs, being intermixed with stipitate, brown glandular hairs over the midrib. Inflorescens with 8 – 10 flowers (first year flowering). Rachis short (< 10 mm), as well as pedicels, densely tomentose as petioles. Pedicels to 25 mm. Calyx with 5 lobes, glandular hairy. Calyx lobes unequal in length, lingulate, to 12 mm. Corolla tubular-campanulate, with 5 lobes, white with internal crimson dots and external pink tinge, c. 40 mm deep. Ovary conical, channelled, densely covered by a mixture of colourless, ramiform hairs and stipitate glands, with 8 locules, c. 5 mm. Stamens 10 – 12, unequal, proximally (lower 1/3) pubescent, white. Style, proximally hairy-glandular hairy, otherwise glabrous, protruding from the funnel, with upward bending stigma, yellow-green, splitted into eight parts, 2.3 mm. Capsules ovoid, tomentose, to 20 mm. Occurrence: W. Sichuan and N. Yunnan, China, at 2800 – 4500 m according to Flora of China efloras org.