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3. Rhododendron sect. Rhodobotrys Sleumer, Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 74: 529. 1949.

腋花杜鹃组 ye hua du juan zu

Shrubs; young branches scaly. Leaf blade with abaxial surface densely scaly, without hairs. Inflorescence 2–5-flowered. Calyx 5-lobed or discoid, margin sometimes ciliate; corolla broadly funnelform, pink, purple, or purplish red, outside sparsely scaly or not, sometimes pubescent; filaments pilose at base; ovary densely scaly; style glabrous. Capsule scaly only. Seed wingless.

Two species: China.

Cullen (Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh 39: 80. 1980) did not recognize Rhododendron sect. Rhodobotrys. He included it in the synonymy of R. subsect. Scabrifolia (Hutchinson) Cullen within R. sect. Rhododendron.

1 Leaf blade oblong or oblong-elliptic, margin lacking ciliate hairs; corolla pink or light purple.   199 Rhododendron racemosum
+ Leaf blade elliptic or narrowly elliptic, margin ciliate; corolla purple.   200 Rhododendron fuyuanense

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