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'Rhododendron micromalayanum' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
Shrub to 1.2 m, epiphytic, the young stems at first completely covered with dark brown overlapping scales. Leaves 2.5-4 x 0.7-1.2 cm, narrowly elliptic, the apex shortly obtuse to rounded, the margin entire but slightly wavy, the base tapering; upper surface at first silvery brown-scaly but becoming glabrescent, the midrib impressed above, the lateral veins 3-4 pairs, slightly impressed; the lower surface with the midrib very prominent, the lateral veins almost smooth, densely scaly, the scales variable in size, often overlapping, the largest dark sooty brown with prominent large centres. Flowers 1-4 per umbel, hanging vertically downwards; calyx a low brown-scaly disc, corolla purplish pink or greenish white 2.5-3 x 1.5-2 cm, cylindrical with a fluted and slightly swollen base and scattered orange-brown scales outside; stamens 10, irregularly disposed, mostly on the lower side of the mouth; ovary densely brown-scaly, style scaly in the basal 1/4, then glabrous. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution Malaysia Borneo (N Sarawak and Sabah)
Habitat 800-2,000 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H2
Conservation status Least concern (LC)
A neat free flowering species which is probably the easiest to grow of the very scaly malayovireyas. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)