Rhododendron versteegii J.J.Sm.

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Shrub to 1m, terrestrial; young stems densely scaly but quickly becoming glabrescent and smooth. Leaves 1-4 x 0.6-2cm, obovate to elliptic, the apex obtuse to rounded, the margin flat, often minutely crenulate especially towards the apex, base tapering; upper surface densely silvery scaly, only slowly glabrescent, midrib slightly impressed above, lateral veins 3-4 pairs also slightly impressed or obscure; lower surface with the midrib broad and strongly raised at the base, disappearing upwards before the apex, lateral veins rather obscure, densely scaly with overlapping silvery scales. Flowers 2-5 per umbel, mostly half-hanging; calyx a densely scaly, lobed disc; corolla red and yellow in an irregular pattern, funnel-shaped, 2.5-4 x 3-4cm, rather densely scaly outside; stamens 10, scattered around the mouth of the flower; ovary densely scaly and hairy, the style densely scaly and hairy in the lower 1/2 to 3/4, glabrous near the top.

Distribution New Guinea (Irian Jaya Mt Trikora \[Wilhelmina\] and Lake Habbema region).

Habitat 3,200-4,000m.

RHS Hardiness H1b.

Recorded as being in cultivation but undoubtedly difficult and probably misidentified. The extraordinary bicoloured flowers would make it unmistakable when in flower.


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