Rhododendron javanicum Ssp. brookeanum
Epithet: sp: from Java; ssp: after Sir James Brooke, 1803-1868, Rajah of Sarawak.
Introduced into cultivation: by Thomas Lobb about 1850 for Veitch and sons.
Flowers: up to 14 per umbel, funnel-shaped, 50-80 x 50-80mm, orange-pink with white or cream centre, or yellow,
often with lemon-like fragrance, tube 30-35 x 6-8 x 20-25mm.
Jan - Dec
Foliage: elliptic to narrowly ovate-elliptic, 120-250 x 35-80mm, 3-5 together in distinct pseudowhorls.
Shrub to 4m, epiphytic or terrestrial.
Malaysia: Sarawak & Sabah
It can be a spectacular plant with large flowers in a variety of shades but it is usually of somewhat sprawling habit.
Photo: Chris Callard