Rhododendron purpureiflorum J.J.Sm.

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Shrub to 0.5m, epiphytic; young stems moderately covered with brown stellate scales at first. Leaves 2.7-7 x 0.4-1cm, linear-lanceolate, the apex obtuse to subacute, the margin flat, the base narrowly tapering; upper surface at first scaly but quickly glabrescent, the midrib impressed above, lateral veins obscure; lower surface with the midrib strongly raised beneath, lateral veins obscure, scales moderately to deeply lobed, moderately dense and slightly impressed. Flowers 2-4 per umbel, hanging; calyx a low scaly, slightly lobed disc; corolla reddish purple to pale pink, tubular, somewhat zygomorphic, 2.7-3.2 x 2-2.4cm, glabrous or slightly scaly outside; stamens 10, rather unequal and grouped on the upper side of the flower; ovary densely scaly, style glabrous.

Distribution West New Guinea (Perameles and Schrader Mts).

Habitat 1,100-2,200m.

RHS Hardiness H1b.

Introduced by Professor Sleumer and one of his narrow leafed species in series Stenophylla but doubtfully still in cultivation.


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