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'Rhododendron carrii' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
Shrub to 2 m, mostly epiphytic, twigs green, only finely silvery scaly. Leaves 4.5-7 x 4-6 cm, broadly ovate to rounded, the apex obtuse to almost rounded, sometimes shortly apiculate, the margin, entire and flat, the base cordate to auriculate; upper surface minutely silvery scaly at first, quickly glabrescent, broad and raised in the basal part, fine and impressed distally, the lateral veins very slightly raised, conspicuous, 6-8 pairs; lower surface with the midrib slightly raised, lateral veins smooth, the scales well spaced, inconspicuous with lobed to substellate pale margin and small centres. Flowers 3-6 per umbel, horizontal to half-hanging; calyx a low 5-lobed ring with a short fringe; corolla white, 6-8 x 3-4 cm, trumpet-shaped, the tube slightly curved and dilated gradually upwards, substellate scaly outside; stamens 10, a little exserted and clustered at the centre of the flower mouth; ovary densely covered in appressed yellowish hairs and silvery scales, the style hairy and scaly at the base for c.5 mm and then glabrous. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution Papua New Guinea Mt Victoria
Habitat 2,440 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H2
Conservation status Vulnerable (VU)
The distinctive sessile leaves look reminiscent of R. blackii but the flowers of that species are red, and the veins are fewer and bolder. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)