Rhododendron arfakianum Becc.

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Shrub to 2.5 m, epiphytic or terrestrial, young stems sparsely scaly and papillose pubescent. Leaves 5-10 x 2-3.5 cm, oblong to obovate-elliptic, the apex obtuse to almost rounded, the margin slightly revolute, the base tapering; upper surface sparsely silvery scaly at first but soon becoming glabrous with minute papillose spreading hairs on the midrib which is weakly depressed in the basal part, lateral veins 6-8 pairs moderately conspicuous, very slightly raised; lower surface with the veins slightly raised beneath, laxly scaly, the scales small, irregularly lobed and with small dark brown centres. Flowers in 4-10 flowered umbels, hanging diagonally to vertically downwards, calyx a low wavy ring; corolla deep pink, tubular straight or slightly curved expanded towards the mouth 2.5-3.5 x 2-3 cm, glabrous outside; stamens 10, clustered on the upper side of the flower; ovary densely short pubescent and inconspicuously scaly, style glabrous except for a few hairs at the base. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)

Distribution  Papua New Guinea Irian Jaya (Arfak and Nettoti Mts)

Habitat 1,200-2,100 m

RHS Hardiness Rating H2

Conservation status Data deficient (DD)


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