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'Rhododendron santapaui' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
Shrub to 1.5 m, epiphytic; young stems moderately densely brown-scaly, becoming glabrescent. Leaves 2.5-4.5 x 1-1.8 cm, narrowly obovate to elliptic, the apex acute to obtuse, somewhat downturned and minutely mucronate by a small protruding gland, margin flat or slightly revolute, the base narrowly tapering, upper surface with the midrib impressed to the apex, laterals 2-4 pairs, slightly impressed, the scales sparse, brown, the older surfaces glabrescent; lower surface with the midrib shallowly raised, the laterals obscure, scales moderately spaced, circular to slightly lobed, with a fairly broad flange and rather small centres. Flowers 1-4 per umbel, horizontal to half-hanging; calyx a low somewhat lobed, scaly disc; corolla white, short campanulate, 1-1.5 x 1.5-2 cm, sparsely scaly outside; stamens 10, protruding in a more or less regular group from the mouth; ovary densely silvery scaly, style glabrous. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution India NEFA, Subansiri District
Habitat 1,500-2,300 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H3
Conservation status Endangered (EN)
A pretty species now well established and widespread in cultivation. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)