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Shrub to 2.5m, epiphytic or terrestrial; young stems finely brown-scaly and slightly rough to the touch. Leaves 2.5-6 x 1-3.6cm, mostly elliptic, occasionally sub-obovate or subcircular, the apex mostly obtuse to rounded, occasionally subacute, the margin strongly and broadly recurved, the base rounded or truncate; upper surface initially and laxly stellate-scaly, quickly glabrescent, midrib impressed, the lateral veins rather obscure; lower surface with the midrib strongly raised in the lower half, almost smooth above, lateral veins obscure, scales well spaced, small, dark brown and irregularly stellate, each raised on a minute epidermal tubercle. Flowers 3-20 per umbel, semi-erect to half-hanging; calyx a low scaly and hairy disc; corolla often at first pink, becoming white, usually lightly scented, trumpet-shaped, 4-5.5 x 2-2.5cm, distinctly but minutely brown-scaly outside and obscurely white-hairy; stamens 10, scattered irregularly in the mouth of the flower; ovary scaly and hairy, style scaly in the lower hairy to near the top.
Distribution West Malaysia (Sarawak, Sumatra) and Philippines (Mindanao).
Habitat recorded from s.l. to 3,100m, most commonly at about 1,000m.
RHS Hardiness H1b.
In cultivation since Victorian times and still one of the best Vireyas to grow, most plants in cultivation are the West Malaysian form.