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Rhododendron calophytum

Rhododendron calophytum, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Ordo: Ericales

Familia: Ericaceae
Subfamilia: Ericoideae
Tribus: Rhodoreae
Genus: Rhododendron
Subgenus: R. subg. Hymenanthes
Sectio: R. sect. Pontica
Subsectio: R. subsect. Fortunea
Species: Rhododendron calophytum
Subspecies & Varieties: R. c. subsp. calophytum – R. c. subsp. jinfuense – R. c. var. openshawianum – R. c. var. pauciflorum

Rhododendron calophytum Franch. (1886)

Rhododendron calophytum

Rhododendron calophytum, Photo: Michael Lahanas


Franchet, A.R. 1886. Bulletin de la Société Botanique de France. Paris 33: 230.


Hassler, M. 2020. Rhododendron calophytum. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2020. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2020 May 08. Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Rhododendron calophytum in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2020 May 08. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2020. Rhododendron calophytum. Published online. Accessed: May 08 2020. 2020. Rhododendron calophytum. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 08 May 2020.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Rhododendron calophytum in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 2020 May 08.

Vernacular names

Rhododendron calophytum, the beautiful-face rhododendron,[1] is a species of flowering plant in the heath family Ericaceae that is native to the forests of central and eastern China, where it lives at altitudes of 1,400–4,000 m (4,600–13,100 ft).[2] Growing to 12 m (39 ft) tall and 8 m (26 ft) broad, it is a substantial evergreen shrub. The leathery leaves are narrow and up to 30 cm (12 in) long. In early Spring trusses of bell-shaped, white or pale pink flowers, spotted with maroon inside, are produced.[3]

In cultivation in the UK, Rhododendron calophytum has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.[1][4] Like most rhododendrons it prefers an acid soil. It is hardy down to −15 °C (5 °F).
Lower taxa

Rhododendron calophytum var. calophytum
Rhododendron calophytum subsp. jinfuense Fang ex M.Y. Fang
Rhododendron calophytum var. jinfuense Fang & W.K. Hu
Rhododendron calophytum var. openshawianum (Rehder & E.H. Wilson) D.F. Chamb.
Rhododendron calophytum var. pauciflorum W.K. Hu[5]


"RHS Plantfinder - Rhododendron calophytum". Retrieved 2 October 2018.
"Rhododendron calophytum". Flora of China. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
Brickell, Christopher, ed. (2008). The Royal Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 890. ISBN 9781405332965.
"AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 85. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
"Rhododendron calophytum Franch". Tropicos. Retrieved 3 October 2018.

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