Rhododendron santapaui Sastry et al.

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Shrub to 1.5m, epiphytic; young stems moderately densely brown-scaly, becoming glabrescent. Leaves 2.5-4.5 x 1-1.8cm, narrowly obovate to elliptic, the apex acute to obtuse, somewhat downturned and minutely mucronate by a small protruding gland, margin flat or slightly revolute, the base narrowly tapering, upper surface with the midrib impressed to the apex, laterals 2-4 pairs, slightly impressed, the scales sparse, brown, the older surfaces glabrescent; lower surface with the midrib shallowly raised, the laterals obscure, scales moderately spaced, circular to slightly lobed, with a fairly broad flange and rather small centres. Flowers 1-4 per umbel, horizontal to half-hanging; calyx a low somewhat lobed, scaly disc; corolla white, short campanulate, 1-1.5 x 1.5-2cm, sparsely scaly outside; stamens 10, protruding in a more or less regular group from the mouth; ovary densely silvery scaly, style glabrous.

Distribution India (NEFA, Subansiri District).

Habitat 1,500-2,300m.

RHS Hardiness H2-3?.

A pretty species now well established and widespread in cultivation.


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