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Rhododendron traillianum Forrest & W. W. Smith
Sichuan: Kangding Xian. Mugecho Lake. Abies, Larix, Betula forest with Rhododendron thickets interspersed and with Rhododendron understory in many places. 30°8'49"N, 101°51'37"E; 3700-3800 m.
Forming heath balds at higher elevations. Shrub ca. 2.8 m tall (some plants to 6 m tall); young leaves white on undersurface, turning brown with age.
David E. Boufford, Michael J. Donoghue & Richard H. Ree
27594 27 August 1997

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