Mar 232017
 

Look out for Rhododendron siderophyllum planted at the bottom of the Chinese hillside.  A small plant with evergreen leaves that give off an aromatic smell when touched or following a rainstorm. Flowers are a pink bud opening pink and fading to white. The tubular corolla opens out to spread petals and stamens of uneven length. A change from the large trusses of blooms often associated with the genus Rhododendron at this time of year.  Collected on hillsides near Kunming, Yunnan, China at 2300m.

Rhododendron siderophyllum

Rhododendron siderophyllum

Rhododendron siderophyllum

Rhododendron siderophyllum

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