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'Rhododendron herzogii' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
Erect shrub to 2 m, mostly epiphytic, young stems finely brown-scaly. Leaves 5-8 x 2.5-4.5 cm, broadly elliptic to obovate, the apex broadly obtuse to rounded, margin revolute, base broadly tapering to rounded; upper surface at first covered with rounded silvery scales, quickly glabrous, midrib broad and raised at the very base, quickly tapering so that it is narrow and slightly impressed, for most of its length, lateral veins 4-6 pairs, very slightly impressed; undersurface with the midrib broadly raised throughout, lateral veins smooth, scales moderately spaced, disc-shaped with variable sized centres and impressed into the leaf surface. Flowers 5-14 per umbel, held stiffly sub-erect; calyx a low scaly ring; corolla white to pale pink, most commonly white with the tube suffused pink from the base, strongly and sweetly scented, slender trumpet-shaped with a curved tube, 6-11 x 1.5-2.5 cm, densely mealy-scaly on the tube outside; stamens 10, rather irregularly grouped in the mouth of the flower but falling to the lower side as the stigma matures; ovary densely scaly, the style densely scaly for most of its length. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution Indonesia New Guinea, a common and widespread species on the main range Papua New Guinea
Habitat 1,500-2,500 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H2
Conservation status Least concern (LC)
A very attractive and easily grown species with aromatic foliage as well as the beautifully scented flowers. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)