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R cubittii Hutch

Near to R. veitchianum, but with the young stems somewhat bristly and the leaves oblong or oblong-lanceolate, bristly on the margins. The corolla is more richly coloured, being deep pink outside along the ribs, white or light pink inside, with a flare of brownish-crimson or orange-yellow markings. It is also near to R. formosum, but in that species, as in R. veitchianum, the leaves are oblanceolate to obovate, and the corolla is scaly all over on the outside, whereas in R. cubittii there are only a few scales on the adaxial side. Bot. Mag., t. 9502. This species was described from a small scrap collected by G. Cubitt in the Bhamo Division of northern Burma in 1909, and was otherwise unknown until exhibited from Trengwainton, Cornwall, in March 1935, when it received an Award of Merit. The plant there, which still exists, had been planted against a garden wall two years previously, and was then 6 ft high and more in width. Although tender, R. cubittii is grown outdoors in several other gardens in the milder parts (see Journ. R.H.S., Vol. 86, fig. 94). It is one of the finest members of the Maddenii series, with beautifully formed flowers, slightly crisped at the margin, and a smooth purplish-brown bark. The F.C.C. was given in 1962 to clone ‘Ashcombe’, exhibited by the Crown Estate Commissioners, Windsor Great Park.

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