Rhododendron inconspicuum
Vireya Subgenus:
Euvireya Section
Malesia Subsection
Epithet: inconspicuous, because herbarium specimen that had been prepared with formaldehyde was completely brown!
Syn: invasiorum, luteosquamatum.
Flowers: 3-7 flowers in an open umbel, shortly tubular, 11-16mm, pink to red, densely covered with thich sub-stellate yellow scales outside, tube 7-12 x 4-6mm.
Jan - Dec
Foliage: elliptic, ovate-elliptic or ovate, 10-35 x 6-20mm, in loose pseudowhorls.
Tree or shrub to 5m, terrestrial.
Distribution 1800 - 3400m
Indonesia & Papua New Guinea:
widespread in Papua New Guinea
Grown for curiousity rather than beauty.

Location: Kew
Photo: George Hargreaves