Rhododendron nivale ssp. australe 'Kang Wu'

A low (<1m), erect and compact, evergreen shrub. Apparently hardy. Yuong shoots covered by dark, short-stipitate, scales. Leaves green, shiny, aromatic, ovate to elliptic, to 9 mm. Apex acute to acute-obtuse, with mucro. Leaf base rounded cuneate. Leaf upper side with overlapping or touching, ligth scales, 210-260 micrs. Leaf lower side with partly overlapping or touching scales, some light coloured (the majority), some dark brown, 140-180 micrs. Ligth: dark scales = c. 3:1. Petiole 2mm, with dark/ligth coloured scales mixed scales. Bud scales (vegetative) densely lepidote with ligth scales. Inflorescense with (1) 2 – (3?), from terminal buds. Pedicel 1-3 mm, scaly. Calyx with 5 lingulate, densely lepidote, ciliate lobes, c. 3mm. Corolla widely funnel-shaped to saucer shaped, with 5 lobes, with scarce external scales, with hairy throat, purple. Corolla lobes ovate. Ovary c. 2 mm, conical, lepidote, with fine basal hairs, with 5 locules. Stamens c. 10, purple, proximally pubescent. Style red-purple, glabrous, straight, to 5 mm, with swollen, bullate stigma. Capsule ovoid, lepidote, to 4.5 mm. Seeds with tiny floating sacs and narrow wings, 650 – 830 micrs.. Locality of origin (FB15-2019): Kang Wu, Muli County, Sichuan, China, at 3560 m. Occurrence: SW Sichuan, C and NW Yunnan, China at 3100-4500 m according to Flora of China.