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15. Rhododendron subsect. Camelliiflora (Hutchinson) Sleumer, Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 74: 533. 1949 [“Camelliaeflora”].

茶花杜鹃亚组 cha hua du juan ya zu

Fang Ruizheng (方瑞征 Fang Rhui-cheng); David F. Chamberlain

Rhododendron ser. Camelliiflora Hutchinson in J. B. Stevenson, Sp. Rhodod. 171. 1930 ["Camelliaeflorum"].

Shrubs, 1–2 m tall, often epiphytic; young shoots densely scaly. Leaf blade leathery; abaxial surface scales overlapping or nearly so, rust-colored; adaxial surface glabrous or sparsely scaly. Inflorescence terminal, (1–)2-flowered; pedicels scaly; calyx ca. 6 mm, 5-lobed, sparsely scaly at base; corolla broadly campanulate; tube short and broad; lobes spreading, white tinged with pale red, outer surface sparsely scaly; stamens 12–16; filaments pubescent towards base; ovary 5–10-locular, densely scaly; style shorter than stamens, stout, sharply deflexed, not scaly. Capsule ovoid or oblong, ca. 13 mm, densely scaly. Seed winged.

One species: Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, Sikkim.

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