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Peter Norris, enabling the use of The Rhododendron Handbook 1998
New article for Trees and Shrubs Online.
'Rhododendron sayeri' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
Shrub to 2 m, terrestrial or epiphytic, young stems at first densely brown-scaly, becoming smooth. Leaves 4-7 x 2-4 cm, elliptic, broadly elliptic or obovate-elliptic, the apex obtuse or rounded, the margin entire and revolute, the base broadly to narrowly tapering; the upper surface at first scaly, quickly glabrescent, the midrib narrowly impressed the lateral veins 6-8 pairs smooth, often rather obscure; underside densely to sparsely red-brown scaly, the scales deeply to finely lobed with small dark centres. Flowers 1-4 per umbel, horizontal to hanging; calyx an irregularly 5-lobed scaly disc; corolla pink to red, tubular-funnel-shaped, curved, 4-6 x 1.5-2.5 cm, finely stellate-scaly outside; stamens 10, on the upper side of the mouth, ovary densely stellate-scaly, the style scaly in the lower glabrous above. Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
Distribution Papua New Guinea Central and Enga Provinces
Habitat 1,700-2,200 m
RHS Hardiness Rating H2
Conservation status Data deficient (DD)