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'Rhododendron praetervisum' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
Shrub to 2 m, usually epiphytic; young twigs covered in small brown or transparent scales but soon smooth. Leaves 5-7 x 2-3 cm, elliptic or ovate, the apex rounded or retuse, the margin entire, broadly recurved, the base broadly to narrowly tapering; upper surface at first with small silvery scales, quickly glabrescent, the midrib impressed, lateral veins 3-4 pairs rather obscure, lower surface with the midrib raised throughout its length, the laterals smooth, scales rather sparse and small, deeply lobed and with small centres. Flowers 3-7 per umbel, hanging vertically or nearly vertically down; calyx a low angular slightly scaly disc; corolla pink or pinkish violet, long cylindrical, only slightly curved 5-7.5 x 2.7-3.5 cm, minutely scaly outside; stamens 10, spreading in the mouth of the flower on the lower side; ovary hairy and with rather obscure scales, style glabrous. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution Malaysia Borneo (Sabah, Kinabalu and the Crocker Range)
Habitat 1,100-1,800 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H2
Conservation status Least concern (LC)
A beautiful and easily grown species with the longest pendent flowers of any Vireya. Previously confused with R. Jongiflorum (see notes under that species for distinctions). Royal Horticultural Society (1997)