WHY SPECIES VIREYA RHODODENDRONS SHOULD BE IN YOUR LIFE.         

Species are the plants that you find in native areas around the world.  Species have beautiful foliage and flower shapes, and, often a rich fragrance.  Every species is completely different from other species.  The smaller leafed alpine miniatures do not thrive in the warmer, more humid regions, but make ideal plants in cooler zones.  The larger, more exotic species add zest to sunrooms and greenhouse displays.  In colder months your plants may spend the winter inside, ONLY if you provide extra humidity and light.  We suggest using a small table top fountain near the plants.  With every order we include three pages of helpful instructions.

Many Vireyas can grow either as an epiphytic plant (growing on another plant but deriving no nourishment from it) or as a terrestrial plant (growing in the ground).  After the plant name and before the country where it is native, we show these traits as [ E or T or both ].  Is it important?  What is important is the fact that almost all species Rhododendrons around the world grow on the edge of the forest where there is lots of light.  They only grow in trees when that is where the light is.  Epiphytic plants seem to require very sharp drainage, such as they would have, up in the trees.       

MAP SHOWING NATIVE HABITATS FOR VIREYAS 

LISTING THE NUMBER OF SPECIES FOUND IN EACH COUNTRY

 

February 2015

Here is the updated listing we have been promising you -------

Who can grow vireyas?  Nearly everyone

Where would I grow my vireyas?        

Many of the following species are listed for the first time ever in our catalog, and possibly never before in the United States.  In most cases, these are one-year plants, ready for shipment after April 1st.

All photos courtesy of Chris Callard @ vireya.net except as noted

 

R. acrophilum V710 [E]  Known only from a single location in the Philippines, Palawan, on Mt. Mantalingahan.  Grows as an epiphyte in dense montane rain forest at c.1725m/5690ft.  Introduced into cultivation in 1992, and has proved to have many desirable qualities, such as; compact habit, bright green leaves and bi-colored flowers, usually orange and yellow, appearing at least twice a year.  Photo by R. Currie.     1 yr Sch C $12.50 

Rhododendron acrophilum

   

R. alborugosum V717 [T]  Native to Kalimantan (Southern Borneo) at 1800m/6000ft.  As the species name suggests, this plant has white flowers and rugose leaves.  Collected in southern Kalimantan (Borneo) by George Argent from the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.  The very distinctive, shiny, bullated leaves on this upright growing plant make it stand out from the vireya species.  It is a terrestrial plant with tubular flowers and a wide flaring corolla, six to ten per truss, fragrant and very special.  Although it may grow three meters (9/10 ft) in the wild, our main plant has never reached four feet in height.  Photo Bovees Nursery.  1 yr Sch C $12.50  

 

R. beyerinckianum V587 [TE]  Indonesia, New Guinea, and Papua New Guinea.  Grows in mossy forests and on tree ferns in grassland at 1400-4000m/4620-13200ft.  Twiggy growth covered with attractive dark reddish brown scales.  One to five small flowers form a horizontal to half-hanging truss, usually dark red, sometimes pink or cream.  Possibly more fussy in its requirements but we have had no problems with ours.  (a few) 1 yr Sch B $10.00

Rhododendron beyerinckianum

 

 R. burttii V392 [E]  Native to Sarawak on Borneo, in mossy sub-montane forest at 1500-1600m/4950-5280ft.  An attractive, somewhat sprawling small plant, flowering freely with hanging, bright-red flowers and small shiny leaves.     1 yr Sch B $10.00   Sold Out

 

R. commonae V242 [T]  Papua New Guinea at 1800-4000m/5940-13200ft.  An easily grown plant forming nice rounded clumps, and flowering freely, usually bright red tubular bells, but can be other colors.  Our friend, Fran Rutherford, collected this clone (see list of contributors to this collection).  R. commonae has the ability to grow from dormant buds on the thick woody basal burl.  This gives the species some ability to regenerate after damage from fire or frost.     1 yr Sch B $10.00     

 

 R. crassifolium V440 [E]  Borneo, Sabah, Kinabalu and other mountains at 1200-2200m/3960-7260ft.  A very distinct species, with a strongly branched, sprawling habit, flowering profusely at least once a year, brilliant orange-red flowers and very distinct foliage.  Hybrids have been formed: x planecostatum is  one.   Photo by E. Hunt.     1 yr Sch C $12.50       A few                       

  

R. culminicola var. culminicola V607 [T]  New Guinea at 2400-4000m/7920-13200ft.  Widespread in the mountain ranges, also low mossy forest or margins of sub-alpine shrubbery.  In our greenhouse we maintain it at a moderate size of three to four feet in height.  Rounded, glossy, dark green leaves form a background for open trusses of four to nine flowers.  Our plant is a bright pink but there is also a red form.  Photo by Bovees Nursery.                       3 yr Sch C $20.50   

                   

 

R. densifolium V931 [T]  China, SE Yunnan, Malipo and Xichou at 1000-1800m/3300-5940ft.  Found in mixed forests in light shade or exposed ridges on rocky, sometimes limestone mountains.  One of a trio of similar plants: R. sororium, N. Vietnam and R. emarginatum, China. All are small-leafed plants with small yellow flowers and apparently are fairly hardy, compared to other vireyas.  Photo by Lynsey Muir.     1 yr Sch B $10.00  

Rhododendron densifolium

 

R. dianthosmum V589 [E]  New Guinea at 500-1400m/1640-4600ft.  Professor Sleumer sent seed from New Guinea to the USA, where it was distributed.  Keith Adams collected this selection in the wild (see list of contributors to this collection).  Probably all current examples of this species are from this introduction.  A slow-growing and fairly compact shrub that has densely scaly twigs and leaves.  Valued for the beautiful white or pink, strongly scented flowers reminiscent of carnations, four to six flowers per truss.  Photo by Bill Moyles.      2 yr Sch C $16.50        4 yr Sch C $25.50    

Rhododendron dianthosmum

 

R. emarginatum v. emarginatum syn:  euonymifolium V433 [ET]  China, SE Yunnan, Vietnam at 1200-2900m/3960-9570ft.  One of the three similar “sisters”: R. emarginatum, R. sororium, and R. densifoliumIt is considered one the hardiest vireyas, enduring temperatures to -4C/25F, but having a slower than normal recovery!  Although often grown more for interest than beauty, its small flowers have a dainty charm, appearing in late summer and fall.  Photo by H. Helm.     2 yr Sch B $13.00  

Rhododendron emarginatum                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

R. edanoi Ssp. pneumonanthum  V568 [E]  Malaysia, Borneo and Indonesia, various mountains.  Grows in montane mossy forest at 1700-2400m/5500-6200 ft.  Introduced into cultivation in 1984 by Keith Adams (see list of contributors to this collection) and distributed by Pukeiti Gardens in New Zealand.  Becomes a moderate sized shrub for us – three feet.  Shares many of the attractive attributes of R. jasminiflorum, but the white flushed pink flowers in a truss, of 12 to 20 flowers, are not fragrant.      (a few)  2 yr Sch C $16.50

 

R. goodenoughii V359, V389 [TE]  Papua New Guinea, Goodenough Island, Mt. Goodenough.  (Incidental information you probably didn’t need – Commodore Goodenough was a British naval sea captain).  Introduced into cultivation in 1964 by seed from Rev. N.E.G. Cruttwell.  Other early introductions were from Maurice Sumner 1970, Stan Eversole 1985, and Paul Kores 1977.  A very desirable plant, if you have a reasonable amount of space, flowering prolifically at least once a year, large trusses of 8 to 22 trumpet-shaped white, fragrant flowers, above large, shiny, dark green leaves.  Photo by Hank Helm.     2 yr Sch B $13.00    

Rhododendron goodenoughii

 

R. himantodes var. himantodes V729 [ET]  Malaysia, Borneo, Sarawak, Indonesia, Kalimantan at 1300-2000m/4390-6600ft.  Found as an epiphyte in large trees in mossy montane forest, and also as a terrestrial on mountain ridges in open sub-montane shrubbery.  A very distinct species with narrow strap-shaped leaves and short white flowers with many brown scales (little spots) and chocolate brown anthers, very different from any other rhododendron.  Its small size (less then three feet high in 25 years at Edinburgh), unusual foliage and delicate flowers contribute to its addictive allure.         1 yr Sch C $12.50  Sold Out

Rhododendron himantodes

R. hyacinthosmum V179, V449 [ET]  Papua New Guinea, Milne Bay District at 1800-2070m/5900-6500ft.  A slowly growing shrub, that is three feet in height after many years here.  The very distinctive dark firm leaves frame the beautiful trusses of two to five flowers, waxy white, pink flushed and deliciously scented.  Photo by H. Helm.     1 yr Sch C $12.50 

Rhododendron hyacinthosmum

 

R. impositum V669 [E]  Indonesia, Sulawesi at 2400-3000m/7920-9900ft.  A fairly recent discovery; M. Sands in 1969 (for Kew), David Binney, from New Zealand, in 1998, and in 2000 by Smith and Galloway for Edinburgh.  This new species appears to be slow growing with a large truss of satiny white flowers.  Photo by Hank Helm / collected in the wild by Keith Adams.  1 yr Sch C $12.50 Sold Out and (a few) 3 yr Sch C $20.50 

 

R. insculptum V930 [E]  Myanmar (Burma), China-Yunnan.  Rarely collected and just recently brought into cultivation.  This new species is very similar to R. emarginatum but with orange flowers.  In a quick summary - cute small plant with small leaves and small flowers - probably a bit more hardy than most vireya.  We are excited to be growing it and miss Jim Gerdemann (see list of contributors to this collection) who was a pioneer in breeding for hardiness.    (a few) 1 yr Sch C $12.50                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

R. jasminiflorum Ssp. jasminiflorum (syn: jasminiflorum var. punctatum) V302, V580 [ET]  Malay Peninsula at sea level to 3100m/0-10000ft., most common at 1000m/3300ft.  Grows in ridge forest and shrubs and in open places on rocks.  Seed of this species was first collected in 1845 by Thomas Lobb and has been in cultivation ever since.  It has been described as “a magnificent species that grows and flowers easily, producing a profusion of scented, white or pale pink flowers”, twice a year for us.  We find it does well either as a hanging basket plant or as a potted plant.                    4 yr Sch B $20.00 

Rhododendron jasminiflorum

 

R. jasminiflorum Ssp. jasminiflorum, pink form V609 [ET]      3 yr Sch B $16.00       

                                                                                                       

 R. javanicum Ssp. javanicum V716, V725 [ET]  Sumatra, Java, Bali.  Epiphytic in primary and secondary forest.  Terrestrial near craters, narrow ridges, between rocks and on steep slopes, 800-2550m/2640-8415ft. This low altitude forest epiphyte has probably been in cultivation since 1845, having been collected for Veitch Nurseries in England.  Valued for its large, shiny leaves and large funnel-shaped flowers in a range of colors. The two forms we offer are a brilliant reddish-orange.  Photo by R. Currie.    Two forms:  V716 from Fran Rutherford  3 yr Sch C $20.50   and                                                                                                                                         V725 from Frank Dolelshy   1 yr Sch C $12.50      

                                                                                                                                                              

 

R. javanicum Ssp. gracile V40 [T]  Borneo, from sea level to 1500m/0-4950ft.  Gracilis in Latin means thin and slender which describes perfectly the leaves of this form.  The long narrow leaves show strong similarities to R. salicifolium or R. longiflorum, which are also found in Borneo.  Pale yellow flowers, five in a truss, complete the harmonious picture.  Photo by R. Currie.   1 yr Sch C $12.50   Sold Out

 

R. javanicum Ssp. kinabaluense V724 [ET]  Borneo at 1000-1800m/3300-5940ft.  Distinctly sub-montane, growing as an epiphyte in forest or on the ground in openings such as road cuttings and landslips.  This taller growing species has a sturdy structure, stiff dark green leaves, and a spectacular truss of 12-25 flowers, bi-colored with orange lobes and a yellow tube.  Can be a large and leggy plant without pruning, but the bloom is worth the effort!  Our form is from Strybing Arboretum in San Francisco.  Photo by William Moyles.    1 yr Sch C $12.50 Sold Out  

  

R. javanicum Ssp. teysmannii V39 [E]  Sumatra, Java, Bali, montane forests at 800-2000m/2640-6600ft.  Very similar to R. javanicum ssp. javanicum, except, for one or two small botanical details.  Both red and yellow colors appear in nature, also.  Photo by H. Helm. 1 yr Sch C $12.50

Rhododendron javanicum ssp. teysmannii

 

R. kawakamii  V110 [TE]  Taiwan (Central Mountains) at 1800-2200m/5940-7300ft.  Collected wild by John Patrick.  A compact shrub of neat appearance, with small rounded leaves and is 3 feet tall in the wild, smaller for us.  Blooms once a year with many small bright yellow flowers.  The only vireya found from the island of Taiwan. It can withstand several degrees of frost, perhaps +25F.  So far, no one has been able to use it in hybridizing.  A good basket plant.   Photo by Bovees Nursery.     2 yr Sch B $13.00

 

R. konori var. konori V98-99 [TE]  New Guinea to Papua New Guinea (widespread) at 750-2500m/2450-8250ft.  Named after a god or semi-mythical leader of the Hattam people in New Guinea.  A common and widespread species first introduced into cultivation in 1960’s, probably by the Department of Forests in Lae.  A shrub or small tree which can also grow as an epiphyte high up on the branches of large old trees, and drops plate-sized flower parts (corolla) to the ground – white or pale pink, with a beautiful scent.  We maintain ours at five to six feet in our greenhouse where it is one of our favorite plants.  Photo by R. Currie.     2 yr Sch C $16.50     3 yr Sch C $20.50  

Rhododendron konori

 

R. laetum [T]  Papua (NW New Guinea) at 1800-2300m/6200-7500ft.  Grows on the edge of primary and secondary forest, in open marsh and in swamps at the edge of lakes, fairly heat tolerant.  We have several forms, all with brilliant yellow flowers, but with distinctly different growth habits.  Moderate restrained upright growth with slightly ruffled yellow flowers.     Two forms:  V3 2 yr Sch B $13.00 and V 333   (may not be pure laetum, vigorous growing, dependable, flashy bloomer)  1 yr Sch B $10.00

Rhododendron laetum

 

R. lanceolatum V318 [ET]  Northern Borneo at 1000-1600m/3300-5280ft.  Our plant comes from a clone that our friend, Keith Adams collected. (see list of contributors to this collection).  Reintroduced from Sarawak in Northern Borneo.  A very distinct species with short, almost campanulate flowers, white with small dense brown scales on the outside of the corolla producing remarks such as:  “dirty white”, “excitingly different” or “what is that?”.  The foliage is unusual, shaped like a spearhead. The flowers are “pleasantly scented, unpleasantly scented, or quite without scent” depending on the observer. We at Bovees find it to be very well behaved, wandering slowly amongst other pots, then surprising us with the flowers as described above.  Photo by H. Helm.     1 yr Sch C $12.50    

Rhododendron lanceolatum

 

R. leptanthum V87 [TE]  Papua New Guinea at 1370-2250m/4520-8415ft.  Terrestrial on rocks and exposed cliff faces, epiphytic on big branches of high trees or on fallen trunks in mossy forest.  A small-leafed, small-flowered plant with a profusion of bright pink, hanging flowers over a long period.         1 yr Sch B $10.00 

 

R macgregoriae V604, V605, V680 [TE]  Papua New Guinea and Papua at 120-3000nm/400-9900ft.  A very widespread species, very tough and heat tolerant, and produces exceptional displays of small flowers, five to fifteen in a round truss.  Although a tall shrub or tree in nature, our forms have been easily maintained at three to four feet.  Mark Jury’s father, Felix Jury, from New Zealand collected it in Papua New Guinea during the late 1940s.  We saw 12 to 15 foot plants of our V604 and V605 in Mark Jury's garden in New Zealand.  Photo by H. Helm.      All are 3 yr Sch B $16.00                                                                                                            Three forms: V604 - orange form collected wild by F. Jury.     V605 – yellow form collected wild by F. Jury.         V680 – solid yellow        

Rhododendron macgregoriae

 

 R. malayanum var. malayanum f. malayanum V602, V668 [TE]  Northern Borneo, Kalimantan (Southern Borneo), Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia at 200-1500m/650-4900ft.  “This species was the first Vireya to be described, is the most widespread in the Subgenus and is subtly variable”, as explained in the excellent book by Dr. George Argent, titled ‘Rhododendrons of Subgenus Vireya’.  John Farbarik and Hank Helm brought our plants back from Sulawesi as seed and cuttings, in 1997.  Our plants seem to be much smaller in height than those described in the book.  The small tubular flared flowers are glossy and purplish-red and sparkle like jewels against the narrow brownish-green, almost linear leaves.                                                                              Photos by M. Robinson.  Two forms:  V602   1 yr Sch C $12.50 & 2yr $16.50 and V668   1 yr Sch C $12.50

Rhododendron malayanumRhododendron malayanum   

 

R. maxwellii V233 [ET]  Found only on Mt. Kinabalu at 2300-2900m/7590-9570ft.  The most strongly scented of the vireyas found in Borneo but not overly generous with blooms.  It has bloomed at least once for us, pale yellow.  Easily maintained at a moderate size in our greenhouse.  Photo by R. Currie.     1 yr Sch C $12.50   Sold Out

Rhododendron maxwellii

 

R. mendumaie V909 [T?]  Native to the Philippines (Palawan) at 1600m/5200ft.  Collected in 1998 by George Argent and six other people near the summit of Cleopatra Needle, in dense, mossy forest, from a very small and vulnerable population.  Named in memory of Mary Medum (1945-2004) who was on the expedition which collected this species.  A shrub growing to one meter or three feet in the wild.  Leaves are 2 inches long.  It has been described as looking similar to R. jasminiflorum var. copelandii, at least vegetatively.  The one or two white flowers have a short broad corolla tube, with quite large lobes and a delightful fragrance.  Photo by Bill Moyles.     1 yr Sch C $12.50       4 yr Sch C $25.50 

Rhododendron mendumiae

 

 R. multicolor V619 [TE]  Sumatra at 900-2100m/2970-6930ft.  Widespread in Sumatra, in open places, hillsides or pastures near volcanoes, sometimes epiphytic in mountain forest.  The red form appears to no longer be in cultivation.  Our plant has pale yellow flowers, and foliage very similar to R.  salicifolium.      1 yr Sch B $10.00

Rhododendron multicolor

 

R. perakense V613 [E]  Malaysia, Pahang, Cameron Highland at 1830m/6370ft.  Grows in mossy summit forest, locally common although considered a difficult plant to grow in cultivation.  We have not found it to be.  Our form was collected by Keith Adams and grown at Pukeiti Gardens in New Zealand.  A charming small plant with tiny yellow flowers set off by attractive small shiny foliage.  Photo by Bovees Nursery.     1 yr Sch B $10.00  Sold Out

Rhododendron perakense 

                                                                               

R. phaeochitum V306 [ET]  Papua New Guinea at 2100-2600m/6800-8500ft.  Moderate bushy growth habit, very distinctive foliage with reddish-brown scales on both sides of the leaves and branchlets.  Tubular-flared soft pink flowers hang in clusters below the leaves.  Very desirable foliage plant.             Photo by Bovees Nursery.     2 yr Sch B $13.00 

 

R. praetervisum V395 [E]  Borneo, Sabah at 1100-1800m/3630-5940ft.  This moderate-sized bush is distinguished by its extremely long, hanging, glossy, deep pinkish-violet flowers.  Narrow dark green, shiny leaves provide the perfect background.      (a few) 2 yr Sch B $13.00     

Rhododendron praetervisum

 

 R. rarilepidotum V593, V594, V595 [TE]  Sumatra at 1000-2500m/3300-8250ft.  A compact, medium-sized shrub, with 8 to 12 dark reddish-orange flowers in a nice truss.  Occasional yellow forms have been collected.  We grow three plants, identical, at least to our eyes, acquired from Brian Clancy, John Kenyon and David Binney (see list of contributors to this collection).     1 yr Sch B $10.00  

Rhododendron rarilepidotum

 

 R. retivenium V603 [T]  Borneo at 2000-2700m/6600-8910ft.  Introduced from Edinburgh and from Os Blumhardt, New Zealand.  Easily grown, becoming a lanky shrub, flowering freely and irregularly, with scented yellow flowers.  Responds well to pruning.  Photo by R. Currie. 1 yr Sch C $12.50

Rhododendron retivenium

  

R. rhodopus V667, V733 [T]  Sulawesi at 2800-3000m/9240-9900ft.  First collected as living material by Keith Adams and John Farbarik in 1997; also collected by Lynn Craven and Brown in 2002.  The white tubular flowers, eight to nine in an open truss, are fragrant.  We are still getting acquainted with it and will add more to this description later.  Photo by R. Currie.     1 yr Sch C $12.50    Sold Out

Rhododendron rhodopus

 

R rubineiflorum x R. gracilentum V418a [TE]  Sent to us from the Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust Garden in New Zealand as R. rubineiflorum but turned out to be a hybrid.  It combines the little bun of rubineiflorum with the slightly larger growth habit of gracilentum.  Exactly what you expect from two plants growing side by side at Pukeiti Gardens.  We call our little buns ‘Ruby Grace’, red flowers.   Photo by Bovees Nursery. .                                        3 yr Sch B $16.00 & 4 yr Sch B $20.00

 

R. rousei V704 [T]  Philippines at 1300m/4290ft.  Introduced into cultivation by George Argent, Edinburgh, in 1989, and named after Dr. John Rouse, of Melbourne “for his outstanding contribution to our knowledge of vireya rhododendrons”.  An attractive small shrub with glossy dark green leaves and a good branching habit.  The open truss of two to six pure white flowers of exceptionally firm texture shines against the dark leaves and is repeated throughout the year.     1 yr Sch C $12.50  

Rhododendron rousei

 

R. ruttenii V713 [T]  Indonesia at 1900-2400m/6200-8200ft.  Grows in the primary forest, abundant on limestone. A small shrub with narrowly, elliptic leaves. Very similar to R. jasminiflorum but has four to eight trumpet-shaped white flowers, also strongly fragrant, easy to grow in cultivation.                   Photo By R. Currie.    1 yr Sch B $10.00       3 yr Sch B $16.00      

Rhododendron ruttenii

 

R.  salicifolium V911 [T]  Borneo at 900-1000m/2970-3300ft.  Terrestrial on summit rocks and among moss along ridges in open sub-montane forest.  In 1982 living specimens were introduced by Ian Sinclair of Scotland (see list of contributors to this collection). Our plants are small growing clumps of long narrow leaves similar to R. multicolor with one to five very pale yellow flowers.     1 yr Sch C $12.50   

Rhododendron salicifolium

 

R. sessilifolium V616 [TE]  Sumatra at 1100-1980m/3300-6500ft. Terrestrial, rarely epiphytic, in open, primary or secondary forests, roadsides and crater sides. This species is easy to grow and its unusual sessile leaves (without a stalk) frame a truss of 5-10 large pale yellow flowers. Photo by R. Mitchell.    (a few)  1 yr Sch C $12.50

Rhododendron sessilifolium

 

R. x sheliae V406 [T]  North Borneo, Mt. Kinabalu at 3160-3650/10428-12045ft.  The natural hybrid of R. abietifolium and R. buxifolium, which produced R. x sheliae Sleumer, and is found only in one small distribution.  It grows slowly and flowers sparingly and irregularly.  The small, dark green, narrow leaves resemble those of a conifer (abies – R. abietifolium), and contribute to the attractive “bonsai like habit”.  Glowing, rich pink, hanging flowers are worth the wait!      2 yr Sch B $13.00  Sold Out

 

R. solitarium V606 [T]  Papua New Guinea, Morobe District at 1700-2000m/5600-6600ft.  An erect shrub growing to 3 feet in the wild.  The leaves distinctly bullate, all veinlets deeply impressed above, sharply prominent beneath.  Very pale pink to white tubular flowers.  This selection is from the Pukeiti collection in New Zealand.  Photo by R. Currie.     1 yr Sch C $12.50     

Rhododendron solitarium

 

R. x solitarium V112 [ET]  New Guinea, Mt. Kainde at 1700-2000m/5550-6550ft.  Grows terrestrially on eroded gold workings, among open Vaccinium shrubs, and grass-covered slopes.  Our form is probably a natural hybrid, having been collected in the wild.  It is a moderately growing shrub to three to four feet with slightly bullated dark green leaves and fragrant white and pink flowers, widely funnel-shaped, two inches long, a handsome, well-shaped, foliage plant.     2 yr Sch B $13.00     3 yr Sch B $16.00                      

 

R. sororium V905 V929[T]  Vietnam at 1400-1700m/4600-5600ft.  The name is derived from the Latin – soror “of the sisters” because of the similarity between the other similar small leafed, yellow flowered such at R. emarginatum and R. densifolium.  This group of species is probably cold hardy to -4C or +25F and may recover after enduring that chill if the cold spell is not prolonged.  A dense little bush, slowly growing to two or three feet with charm when covered with flowers.  Two forms:  V905 from Chris Callard -1 yr Sch B $10.00/2yr Sch B $13.00   and                                                                              V929 from Steve Hootman RSF - 2 yr Sch B $13.00

 

R. stenophyllum Ssp. stenophyllum V703 [T]  Borneo, Sabah at 2700-2800m/8910-9240ft.  Both this subspecies and the following one are very easy to recognize because of their very narrow, linear, dark green leaves, and waxy bright red-orange flowers.  F. W. Burbidge described it in his travel book “the dark, glossy green foliage reminded one of that of a Sciodopitys (umbrella pine)”.  Photo by Bovees Nursery.      1 yr Sch C $12.50 Sold Out

 

R. stenophyllum Ssp. augustifolium V316 V927 [T]  Malaysia (Borneo), Brunei, Indonesia.  Mossy, sub-montane forest at 1500-2400m/4950-7920ft.  Collected for RBG Edinburgh in 1984 by G. Argent, A. Lamb and Phillipps.  Differs from Ssp. stenophyllum in the longer, narrower leaves, and grows at a much lower altitude.  It was brought to Edinburgh in 1967 and the original plant is now nearly two meters (six and a half feet) across, producing more than 150 umbels of flowers.  Any reports that it does not do well on its own roots are probably because it may not like high summer temperatures.              Photos by Bovees Nursery.    Two forms:    V316  1 yr Sch C $12.50/2 yr Sch C $16.50 Sold Out and  V927 RSBG  1 yr Sch C $12.50 Sold Out

 

R. stevensianum V906 [ET]  Papua New Guinea, Eastern Highlands at 2000-2300m/6600-7590ft.  A fairly recent introduction, being in cultivation only since 1990, named after Peter Stevens, botanist, one of the collectors of this charming, compact, little plant.  Soft purplish pink tubular bells are produced over a long period.    1 yr Sch C $12.50       2 yr Sch C $16.50

Rhododendron stevensianum

 

R. suaveolens V273 [T E]  Northern Borneo, Mt. Kinabalu at 1200-1700m/3900-5600ft.  Our big old R. suaveolens was grown from material collected by Dave Goheen, raised in a big tub in our greenhouse putting on a fabulous display with its pure white flowers, 14 to 20 per truss.  The unusual rounded leaves with a cordate base contribute to the beauty of this species.  Our big old plant is now at home in the Rutherford Conservatory at the Rhododendron Species Foundation.  Photos by C. Callard and H. Helm.     3 yr Sch C $20.50

 Rhododendron suaveolensRhododendron suaveolens

 

R. sumatranum V572 [TE]  N. Sumatra at 1800-2700m/5940-7260ft. In open forests, summit vegetation, sub-alpine shrubs or grassland, common locally.  The beautiful bright orange, bell-shaped flowers bloom in profusion on bushy, bright green plants.  Some naturally occurring hybrids of R. sumatranum have also been collected, especially with  R. retusum.    (a few) 3 yr Sch B $16.00 and older at $25.00  

Rhododendron sumatranum

 

 R. superbum Ssp. superbum V272, V311, V382 [ET]  Papua New Guinea (widespread in mountains) at 1525-3050m/5000-10000ft.  A strongly growing, sturdy shrub with large leathery leaves, often growing in its native habitat as a large epiphyte in the upper branches of large trees.  Can also be found growing terrestrially in low shrubbery, and on the edge of the cloud forest.  The large, lily-like, waxy white, flushed pink flowers are strongly fragrant.  C.R. Strong, an early collector, theorized that high epiphytic fragrant vireya are pollinated by the Lory parrots, these being among the few birds with a sense of smell.  Photo by R. Currie. Three forms: V272    R. ‘Misty Pink’ collected wild in Papua New Guinea by Dr. Sleumer. Ours came from Frank Doleshy, named by John Kenyon, New Zealand.     V311    c/w Frank Mossman and    V382    from Pinden Mountains                                                   All are 3 yr Sch C $20.50 and 4 yr Sch C $25.00       

Rhododendron superbum

 

               R. verticillatum V583 [E] Malaysia (Borneo) and Indonesia (Kalimantan) at 700-1500m//2300-4950ft.  Introduced into cultivation by Ian Sinclair, Edinburgh, in1982.  An easily grown, rather lanky shrub, with unusual long narrow leaves. 8 to 15 reddish orange flowers in a truss.  We have maintained our plants at three feet in height over ten years.  Photo by R. Currie.     1 yr Sch C $12.50    

                Rhododendron verticillatum

 

 R. yongii V585 [TE]  Borneo at 2000m/6600ft.  Named in honor of Joseph Yong, former director of the Forest Department Sarawak, who facilitated the expedition in 1977, Argent et al, on which this species was collected. Keith Adams, who collected it, furnished our clone.  We can’t resist copying verbatim a quote from George Argent’s indispensable book, “The dark red corollas, although looking dull in reflected light, shine brightly – like stained glass windows – when viewed with the sun behind the flowers.     1 yr Sch C $12.50 Sold Out                              

Rhododendron yongii