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Shrub to 2.5m, terrestrial or epiphytic; young stems densely set with golden brown, stalked scales, warty and rough to the touch. Leaves 3-5.5 x 0.2-0.6cm, linear, the apex subacute to obtuse, the margin very strongly revolute, the base narrowly tapering; the upper surface densely covered with golden brown scales initially, becoming glabrescent but remaining scabrous with the persistent scale bases, midrib impressed, lateral veins obscure; lower surface with the midrib prominently raised, lateral veins obscure, the surface covered in the rather persistent stellate scales. Flowers 1-2 per umbel, horizontal or semi-erect; calyx a densely scaly, 5-lobed disc; corolla pinkish red or cream, cylindrical, 2.8-3.5 x 1.2-1.6cm, densely golden brown-scaly outside; stamens 10, held on the upper side of the mouth of the flower; ovary densely scaly, the style mostly glabrous but with just a few scales at the base.
Distribution Widespread on the main range of New Guinea (Irian Jaya to Papua New Guinea).
RHS Hardiness H1b.
An odd looking but attractive plant now doubtfully still in cultivation.