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Rhododendron hanceanum

Description from Flora of China

Shrubs, evergreen, 1–2 m tall; branchlets scaly. Petiole 4–9 mm, densely scaly; leaf blade leathery, ovate-lanceolate to obovate, 5–13 × 2–6 cm; base tapering to broadly cuneate or rounded; apex acuminate with a conspicuous drip tip; abaxial surface pale green, scales 2–3 × their own diameter apart, small, golden brown; adaxial surface bright green, glabrous. Inflorescence terminal, racemose, 7–9-flowered; rachis to 15 mm. Pedicel ca. 1 cm, scaly; calyx lobes ca. 8 mm, ovate-oblong to lanceolate, persistent in fruit, densely scaly abaxially, margin ciliate; corolla funnel-campanulate, white, ca. 2.5 cm, tube ca. 13 mm, outer surface sparsely scaly, inner surface sparsely pilose at base; stamens 10, filaments pilose towards base; ovary densely scaly; style slender, longer than stamens and shorter than corolla, glabrous. Capsule long-cylindric, ca. 10 mm, densely scaly. Fl. Apr–May, fr. Oct.

Cliffs; 1200–2500 m. C Sichuan.


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