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'Rhododendron burttii' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
Shrub to 0.8 m, epiphytic, young stems green or reddish, both finely hairy and scaly Leaves 1.8-2.8 x 0.9-1.2 cm, obovate, the apex broadly pointed to rounded, the margin entire and slightly recurved, the base tapering; upper side minutely scaly at first but quickly becoming glabrescent with the midrib impressed above, the lateral veins not visible; underside with the midrib raised below, the lateral veins faint, 2-3 pairs, scales lobed, substellate with small centres. Flowers 1-2, rarely 4 per umbel, hanging vertically down; calyx a low ring with a ciliate margin, corolla red, cylindrical with a straight tube, 2-2.5 x 2.4-2.8 cm, finely hairy outside; stamens 10, spreading round the mouth of the tube; ovary densely hairy with white semi-appressed hairs which tend to obscure the presence of brown scales which are also present, style glabrous except for a few hairs near the base.
Distribution Malaysia Borneo, Sabah and Northern Sarawak
Habitat 1,500-1,600 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H2
Conservation status Least concern (LC)
A very pretty and easily grown species which tends to flower in bursts which may be as often as six times a year. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)