Rhododendron maius (J.J. Smith) Sleumer

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Shrub up to 3m, terrestrial or epiphytic, young stems laxly scaly. Leaves 4.7-8.7 x 2.5-4cm, elliptic, broadly elliptic to elliptic-ovate, the apex broadly attenuate to obtuse, the margin slightly revolute, the base broadly tapering to rounded; the upper surface at first finely silvery scaly, quickly glabrescent, midrib slightly impressed above, laterals 9-10 pairs, also slightly impressed; underneath the midrib very prominent but tapering markedly from the base, lateral veins and even the finer veins slightly prominent. Flowers 5-15 in an umbel, horizontal to half hanging; calyx laxly scaly, an almost entire disc or irregularly 5-toothed; corolla white or a little pink on the tube, trumpet-shaped but slightly curved and broadest in the middle, beautifully scented, 7-9 x 2.2-2.8cm, laxly scaly outside; stamens 10, irregular in the mouth; ovary densely hairy and scaly, the style densely hairy and scaly near the base, the indumentum thinning until the top third is entirely glabrous.

Distribution New Guinea (Hubrecht Mts near Lake Habbema and in Papua New Guinea, widespread but rather infrequent from Mt Capella to the Bulldog Road).

Habitat 2,700-3,200m.

RHS Hardiness H1b.

A lovely and easily grown species.


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