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Rhododendron tomentosum subsp. subacrticum
(Harmaja) G. Wallace]
Walter S. Judd, Kathleen A. Kron in Flora of North America (vol. 8)
to 0.5 m, rhizomatous.
creeping or prostrate; bark ± smooth; twigs unicellular-hairy and with flattened, glandular scales, scales often obscured by dense, ferruginous, long-crisped, multicellular hairs.
persistent, (fragrant when crushed); petiole with unicellular and/or peltate scales and, sometimes, ferruginous, long-crisped hairs; blade ± linear, 2-5 × 1-4 cm (often much longer than wide), coriaceous, margins entire, revolute, glabrous, apex acute, abaxial surface with sparse to dense, glandular-peltate scales without broad rim, scales often obscured by dense (to sparse), ferruginous, long-crisped, multicellular hairs sometimes forming dense, ± uniform mat, adaxial surface rugose with scattered, lepidote scales and sometimes also with white, unicellular hairs along impressed midrib, midrib usually lanate.
Floral bud scales
with lepidote scales and unicellular-hairy abaxially, margins unicellular-hairy.
slightly rounded, 10-35-flowered; bracts lepidote abaxially, margins ciliate, long-crisped-hairy, sometimes also unicellular-hairy.
5-26 mm, sparsely eglandular-hairy (hairs ferruginous, elongated), with ferruginous, long-crisped, unicellular and/or peltate scales, sometimes also long-stalked, multicellular glandular-hairy.
radially symmetric, opening after leaves (of flowering shoots), ± erect, not fragrant; calyx lobes ca. 1 mm, outer surface densely to sparsely unicellular-hairy (hairs tan), and multicellular, stipitate-glandular-hairy (hairs red) on margins; corolla white to cream, without blotch, ± rotate, 2-8 mm, inner surface often densely unicellular-hairy, petals appearing distinct or only slightly connate basally, lobes 5-7 mm; stamens 10, exserted, ± equal, 4.4-8.5 mm.
borne on apex of sharply recurved pedicels, 2.5-5 × 1-3 mm (only slightly longer than wide), with sparse to dense, lepidote scales, acropetally dehiscent.
somewhat elongated beyond narrow ends; testa closely appressed.
= 26, 52. Flowering spring-summer. Bogs, muskeg, tundra, raised beach ridges; 0-1800 m; Greenland; Alta., B.C., Man., Nfld. and Labr. (Nfld.), N.W.T., Nunavut, Ont., Que., Sask., Yukon; Alaska; Europe; Asia.
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