Rhododendron multicolor Miq.

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Shrub to 1.5 m, terrestrial or epiphytic, young twigs very smooth with a few small scales. Leaves 3-7 x 0.7-2 cm, narrowly elliptic to narrowly oblanceolate, the apex acute or acuminate, sometimes with the extreme tip rounded, margin flat, the base narrowly tapering; upper surface with fine scattered brown scales at first, soon glabrescent, the midrib raised in the lower half, smooth above, the laterals obscure; the lower surface with the midrib almost completely smooth, the laterals obscure, the scales rather sparse and small, brown, lobed to substellate with small centres. Flowers 3-6 per umbel, horizontal to half-hanging; calyx a low disc; corolla whitish cream, yellow or red, sometimes sweetly scented, broadly funnel-shaped, glabrous outside; stamens 10, arranged all round the mouth of the flower; ovary and style glabrous. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)

Distribution  Indonesia Sumatra

Habitat 900-2,100 m

RHS Hardiness Rating H2

Conservation status Least concern (LC)

One of the parents of some of the old Veitch hybrids but not one of the more flamboyant species. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)


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