Rhododendron hippophaeoides

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Rhododendron hippophaeoides
Rhododendron hippophaeoides - Botanischer Garten, Frankfurt am Main - DSC03373.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Rhododendron
Species: R. hippophaeoides
Binomial name
Rhododendron hippophaeoides
Balf. f. & W.W. Sm.

Rhododendron hippophaeoides (灰背杜鹃) is a species of Rhododendron, subgenus Rhododendron (scaly or lepidote rhododendrons), subsection Lapponica. It is a small shrub, up to 4 feet (1.2 m) tall at maturity, native to altitudes of 2400–4800 meters in southwest Sichuan and many parts of Yunnan, China. Leaves are up to 1.5 inches long, gray-green above, and with overlapping yellowish-buff scales below. Flowers are bright rose or lavender-blue to bluish purple, or (rarely) white.