Rhododendron lepidostylum

A low, spreading, evergreen shrub being fully hardy. Young branchlets and petioles covered with scattered brown scales and 2 mm long setae. Leaves broadly elliptic, aromatic, with mucron. Leaf upper side bluish-grey with thin waxi cover on new growth, later dark green, glabrous, with slightly revolute, setose margins. Leaf lower side light glaucous, lepidote with golden to brownish scales 0 – 3 x the diameter apart. Flower bud broadly spindle-shaped, yellow-green, with lepidote cover scales. Pedicel lepidote and setose. Calyx, lepidote, with rounded lobes fringed with setae. Corolla funnel-campanulate, light yellow, externally lepidote, internally with fine, colourless bristles near basis and with brownish or greenish blotch. Ovary densely lepidote. Stamens 10, of unequal lengths, with fine proximal bristles corresponding to those of the corolla. Style with only a few, proximal bristles, otherwise glabrous, gradually expanding and becoming green coloured towards the stigma. Style and stamens protruding from the mouth of corolla. Capsule 8 – 10 mm, cylindrical, lepidote. Seeds 0,9 – 1,0 long, with small floating sacs. Occurrence: W Yunnan, China at 3000 – 3700 m according to Flora of China efloras org.