Rhododendron womersleyi Sleumer

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Erect shrub to 2 m, mostly terrestrial; young stems at first covered with dark brown scales raised on stalks and minutely hairy, later scabrid. Leaves 0.6-1 x 0.4-0.5 cm, elliptic or broadly elliptic to sub-spherical, the apex acute, obtuse and sometimes mucronate, the margin flat, slightly cartilaginous and sometimes minutely crenulate, the base broadly tapering to rounded; the upper surface with a few scales initially but quickly glabrous, midrib impressed, laterals obsolete; the lower surface with the midrib almost flat, the laterals obsolete, the scales widely spaced, dark brown and irregularly but not deeply lobed, not impressed or raised. Flowers 1-3 per umbel, hanging vertically down; calyx a low scaly and hairy ring; corolla red, cylindrical, mostly with 5 but sometimes up to 7 lobes, 2-2.5 x 2-2.5 cm, finely and obscurely scaly and hairy outside; stamens mostly 10, sometimes up to 14, distributed irregularly all round the mouth of the flower; ovary densely white-hairy, style covered in white hairs for the basal glabrous above. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)

Distribution  Papua New Guinea Widespread on the main range

Habitat 3,200-4,000 m

RHS Hardiness Rating H2

Conservation status Least concern (LC)

A pretty species of stiffly erect growth in the wild but inclined to be straggly in cultivation. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)


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