Rhododendron championae

Rhododendron championae
英文名 (English name): Champion’s Rhododendron

Status in China: Least Concern(LC)

Rhododendron

Description:

These small to medium size trees grow up to 10 meters tall. Their branches have bristles with glands on the tips.

The leaves appear to be thick and feel papery when touched. They are shaped like a lance (lanceolate) and will grow to be 10-14 centimeters long and 3-4 centimeters wide. They taper to a point at the end of the leaf.

With a short base, the leaves have ciliate, which are hair-like organelles. The stalk that joins the leaf to the stem is 1cm long. The entire flower including the stalk will have 4-6 flowers that have a  pale red / rosey color.

In Asia, they are found on Victoria Peak, Wu Kau Tang, San Chau at Lantau Island, Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian, Hunan, and Zhejiang.

They’re found in secondary forests and flower around march- april with fruit coming in at September-October.

This species was first found by humans in 1849 at Hong Kong. People use it for ornamental purposes mainly, and has a high value. It typically grows inside of Country Parks where the species is kept under protection.