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Dwarf shrub to 0.2 m, epiphytic; young stems distinctly scaly the scales standing on small projections which remain after the scales are shed. Leaves 0.3-0.7 x 0.2-0.3 cm, elliptic, the apex acute to rounded, margin plain, base cuneate; upper surface with a few silvery scales which quickly disappear, venation totally obscure; lower surface with scattered brown scales only the midrib barely visible in the lower half, scales disc-shaped or with incised margins and small centres. Flowers solitary, half hanging to hanging, calyx a low slightly lobed scaly ring; corolla white variably flushed pink or purple, cylindrical to narrowly funnel-shaped, 1.2-1.8 x 1.3-1.8 cm, laxly and obscurely scaly on the tube outside; stamens 10, scattered round the mouth of the flower; ovary covered in semi-erect, white hairs and silvery scales, style with simple hairs in the basal half, glabrous above. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution Papua New Guinea Main range from Irian Jaya to Papua New Guinea also in New Britain (Mt Lululua)
Habitat 1,100-3,000 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H2
Conservation status Least concern (LC)
A very delicate and pretty species which has been used for hybridizing, several of the resultant progeny have been registered and make attractive hanging basket plants. Confused in the past with R. rubineiflorum Craven, see Notes RBG Edinb. 38(1) pp 141-144, 1980, but easily distinguished by its paler, narrower, flowers. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)