Rhododendron concinnum

A dense branched, in time a few meter high, evergreen shrub. Fully hardy. Young shoots reddish brown, lepidote. Petiole densely scaly, with fine hairs in the midgroove, 5-10 mm. Leaf blade lancet, elliptic or ovoid, aromatic, to 8 cm. Apex acute to acuminate, with mucro. Leaf base obtuse to acute. Leaf upper side green tinted brownish by scales, lepidote with scales 0-2 x their diam. apart (scales 170-285 micrs.), and with hairy midrib. Leaf lower side brownish-greyish green, densely scaly with golden brown, unequal scales, 0-1 x their diam. apart (Scales 170-285 micrs.). Inflorescence a semi umbel with 2-5 flowers, from terminal or subterminal buds. Flower bud spindle-shaped. Bud scales lepidote, with fine-hairy margins. Pedicel lepidote, reddish, 10-12 mm. Calyx with 5 rounded lobes, densely scaly, c. 1.5 mm. Corolla widely funnel-shaped, with 5 rounded, triangular lobes, zygomorphic, externally lepidote, with internal hairs in the throat, purple red with dark purple spotting, c. 40 mm wide, c. 15 mm deep. Ovary channeled conical, densely scaly, finely hairy at base, with 5 locules, c. 4.5 mm. Stamens 10, unequal in length, with hairy girdles being on level with the ovary apex, purple. Style glabrous, longer than the stamens, reddish, with upward bend, turbinate and bullate stigma, 1.4 mm. Capsule slightly conical, densely scaly, 14-16 mm. Seeds 1.3-1.7 mm, without wings and with small floating sacs. Occurrence: Guizhou, Henan, Hubei, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, China at 2300-3000 (3800) m iflg. Flora of China efloras org.