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'Rhododendron purpureiflorum' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
Shrub to 0.5 m, epiphytic; young stems moderately covered with brown stellate scales at first. Leaves 2.7-7 x 0.4-1 cm, linear-lanceolate, the apex obtuse to subacute, the margin flat, the base narrowly tapering; upper surface at first scaly but quickly glabrescent, the midrib impressed above, lateral veins obscure; lower surface with the midrib strongly raised beneath, lateral veins obscure, scales moderately to deeply lobed, moderately dense and slightly impressed. Flowers 2-4 per umbel, hanging; calyx a low scaly, slightly lobed disc; corolla reddish purple to pale pink, tubular, somewhat zygomorphic, 2.7-3.2 x 2-2.4 cm, glabrous or slightly scaly outside; stamens 10, rather unequal and grouped on the upper side of the flower; ovary densely scaly, style glabrous. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution Indonesia West New Guinea (Perameles and Schrader Mts)
Habitat 1,100-2,200 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H2
Conservation status Data deficient (DD)
Introduced by Professor Sleumer and one of his narrow leafed species in series Stenophylla but doubtfully still in cultivation. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)