neriiflorum var. appropinquans

Rhododendron neriiflorum var. appropinquans
Neriiflora Group subsection
Epithet: nearly glabrous.
This variety differs from R.floccigerum in that the underside of the leaves is glabrous except the floccose midrib and the branchlets and petioles are setulose glandular.
Bicoloured flowers often yellow flushed pink.

Location: Deer Dell
Photo: Robin Whiting