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Shrub to 2 m epiphytic often high in trees, young stems brown with the stellate-dendroid tomentum when very young. Leaves 3.5-5.5 x 1.2-2 cm, elliptic or broadly elliptic, the apex obtuse to rounded, the margin flat or slightly revolute, the base broadly to narrowly tapering, upper surface brown-scaly when young, flat, the midrib very slightly impressed, lateral veins obscure about 3-5 pairs; lower surface with midrib a little raised throughout its length, lateral veins obscure, at first with a rather sparse covering of dendroid scales which are easily removed leaving the pale tubercles from which the scales arise. Flowers in 2-3 flowered umbels half hanging to hanging; calyx a low scaly disc; corolla pink, cylindrical, very slightly curved 2-2.7 x 1.7-2.5 cm, glabrous outside; stamens 10, loosely clustered in the upper half of the mouth of the flower; ovary densely stellate-scaly, style covered with sub-patent simple hairs nearly to the top. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution Papua New Guinea Irian Jaya, Cycloop Mts
Habitat 1,000-1,800 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H2
Conservation status Data deficient (DD)
A delicate species that has been in cultivation for some time, similar to R. dielsianum and differing in the hairy style, R. dielsianum having a scaly or glabrous style. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)