Rhododendron genestierianum
Genestieriana subsection
Epithet: after Pere A. Genester of the French R.C. Tibetan Mission, friend of George Forrest
Shrub or small tree: 1.2 - 4.5m high.
Flowers: racemose, 6-15/truss, tubular-campanulate, 12-18mm long, fleshy, deep plum-purple, covered with glaucous bloom.
Foliage: lanceolate or oblanceolate, 55-153 x 14-45mm; upper surface olive-green or dark green, not scaly; underside markedly glaucous, laxly scaly, small scales.
Distribution: NE Upper Burma, mid-W Yunnan, E & SE Tibet: 2000 - 4400m

Location: Cornwall
Photo: Bryan Roebuck