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'Rhododendron loranthiflorum' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
Shrub to 2 m, epiphytic; young twigs initially finely brown-scaly, quickly glabrescent. Leaves 5-7 x 2.3-4.5 cm, elliptic to slightly obovate, the apex obtuse, rounded or occasionally retuse, the margin entire, slightly revolute, the base broadly tapering; the upper surface at first minutely brown-scaly, quickly becoming glabrescent, glossy green, the midrib grooved near the base and slightly impressed, the laterals 3-5 pairs, smooth; the lower surface with the midrib slightly raised in the basal half, the laterals smooth and rather obscure, the surface with well spaced circular to deeply lobed scales rather impressed into the surface. Flowers 2-7 per umbel, erect to hanging; calyx a low scaly ring; corolla white, delicately perfumed, trumpet-shaped, 2.5-3.2 x 4-5 cm, laxly scaly on the tube outside; stamens 10, irregularly exserted from the mouth of the flower; ovary densely silvery scaly and laxly and shortly hairy, the style with hairs and stalked scales at the base, hairy in the central part and finally glabrous in the upper third. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution Papua New Guinea New Britain, Manus and Bougainville Islands only, not on the mainland Solomon Islands Malaita; New Georgia Group (Kolumbangara Islands)
Habitat 180-1,000 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H2
Conservation status Least concern (LC)
A delicate and very floriferous species which is easily grown. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)