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Shrub to 3m, epiphytic or terrestrial; young stems at first stellate-scaly, the scales from epidermal tubercles which make the stems rough to the touch. Leaves 6-9 x 3.5-5cm, broadly elliptic to ovate, the apex broadly obtuse to rounded, the margin flat or slightly recurved, narrowly cartilaginous, the base rounded to cordate; the upper surface at first finely brown-scaly, becoming glabrescent but remaining rather rough, midrib raised at the very base, impressed above, lateral veins 3-7 pairs slightly raised; lower surface with the midrib prominent and raised, the laterals mostly obscure, hardly raised, scales brown-stellate to dendroid from pronounced epidermal tubercles, moderately densely set. Flowers 2-5 per umbel, horizontal to half hanging; calyx a 5-lobed, hairy and scaly disc, corolla white with a pink flush in bud and pink patches at the base of the lobes in the mouth, powerfully scented like hyacinths, glabrous outside; stamens 10, irregularly disposed on the lower side of the mouth; ovary white-hairy, style hairy only for about 4/5 of its length, glabrous at the top.
Distribution Papua New Guinea (Milne Bay Province).
RHS Hardiness H1b.
An attractive species discovered by the Rev. Canon N.E.G. Cruttwell in the Daga country where he worked as a missionary and distributed via the Australian Rhododendron Society.