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'Rhododendron lindaueanum' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
Shrub up to 2 m, terrestrial or epiphytic; young twigs densely covered with stalked scales which leave a rough verruculose surface from the persistent stalks. Leaves 0.8-2.5 x 0.5-1.8 cm, obovate to spathulate, the apex rounded or slightly retuse, the margin strongly revolute, the base tapering; the upper surface at first laxly scaly, quickly glabrescent, often convex, midrib impressed above, lateral veins 3-5 pairs slightly impressed; lower surface with the midrib and laterals raised beneath, the scales well spaced, red-brown, discshaped with a narrow marginal flange, slightly impressed. Flowers solitary, hanging; calyx a low scaly and sometimes ciliate, obtusely 5-toothed disc; corolla deep red to pink, tubular, straight but slightly zygomorphic by the lateral flattening, 1.7-2.5 x 1.2-1.6 cm, laxly scaly outside on the tube; stamens 10, exserted on the upper side of the flower; ovary densely scaly style glabrous. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution Indonesia Arfak Mts Papua New Guinea Saruwaged Mts, commonly collected from the wild
Habitat 1,200-3,200 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H2
Conservation status Least concern (LC)
The var. bantaengense J.J.Smith from Selebes differs by the 1 mm long calyx lobes and probably represents a different species. This is not as yet in cultivation. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)