There are a few rhododendrons in various gardens that are labeled as "collected wild" on the Sturdevant expedition to Nepal. The ones we know about (five so far) all originally came from Jim Caperci via Lynn Watts. They have been sold as hodgsonii, kesangiae, or otherwise but they match none of those species. I have two questions: (1) Does anyone have any information about the Sturdevant expedition to Nepal? (2) Do you have any of these plants? Initial genetic testing seems to indicate that these plants are not a hybrid (they are homozygous) and that the one intron sequenced is not a known configuration for any species that has been sequenced. Lynn Watts does not have any more information than I have given you. The plants have eight petaled flowers with sixteen stamens, blooming about the same time as sutchuenense. Flowers are bright pink or red fading to white or pale pink. There is no calyx. There is a rose to purple speckled thumb print with a maroon deep upper throat. The petiole is slightly winged. Leaves are indumented on the underside, fawn color, compacted or fuzzy. Upper leaf surface is slightly rugose with well defined veins, often convex, widening away from the petiole then rounding off and coming to a tiny point.