Rhodoleia championii Hook.

Greek rhodon—rose, leios—smooth, referring to the rose-like flowers but with thornless stems.

Small evergreen tree with stems and leaf stalks yellowish red. Leaves alternate, entire, elliptic to ovate to about 12 cm long, leathery, occasionally with a thin red margin, waxy white below. Leaf stalks to about 7 cm long. Flowers in hanging heads and with coloured bracts. Petals 2-4 with narrowed bases, pinkish. Stamens 7-10. Ovary 2-chambered. Fruit of 5 spreading capsules.

China, Hong Kong

A rarely cultivated plant occasionally available in specialist nurseries.

NSW: Sydney (Royal Botanic Garden Sydney). VIC: Dandenongs ('Pirianda' about 2.5 m in 1984).

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Hamamelidaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     [Saxifraganae]
order      Saxifragales
family       Hamamelidaceae
genus        Rhodoleia Champ.