Rhododendron thomsonii Hook. f., Rhododendron Sikkim Himalaya 2: , pl. 12 1851. (syn: Azalea thomsonii (Hook.fil.) Kuntze; Rhododendron candelabrum Hook.fil.; Rhododendron thomsonii subsp. candelabrum (Hook.fil.)
S-Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim, Nepal, N-India, Myanmar [Burma] (Kachin) as per Catalogue of Life;
Common name: Thomson’s Rhododendron
Rhododendron thomsonii (半圆叶杜鹃) is a rhododendron species native to northern India, Bhutan, Nepal, Sikkim, and southern Xizang in China, where it grows at altitudes of 3000–4000 meters.
It is a shrub that grows to 2–4 m in height, with leathery leaves that are oblong-elliptic to ovate or orbicular to obovate, 3–7 by 2–6 cm in size. Flowers are red.
(From Wikipedia on 2.6.13)
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At Yumthang valley,Sikkim
Rhododendrons are real beauties of Himalaya but most of them are restricted to Central and Eastern Himalaya as with this species.
Date: April, 2006 Place: Sela Pass, Arunachal Pradesh,
Thank you … again for your nice photo of Threatened Rhododendron thomsonii J. D. Hooker, Rhododendr. Sikkim-Himalaya. 2: t. 12. 1851 [“thomsoni”].
This is Rhododendron thomsonii—not arboreum (leaf shape is different and not accompanied silvery-white/white scales abaxially; here abaxiall leaf scales are totally different! besides, corolla tube is more tubular or prolonged to arboreum)