Rhododendron lepidotum Wall.
A very variable, shrubby rhododendron with scaly leaves, to 4cm long, and saucer-shaped, scaly, pale yellow, pink or purple flowers in spring. To 1.2m. [RHSD, Hortus, Hilliers', Millais].
Horticultural & Botanical History
Curtis's Botanical Magazine figures both the purple-flowered form ‘of this very variable species’ [BM t.4657/1852] and the variety chloranthum, with greenish-white flowers [BM t.4802/1854]. Introduced to Britain from Nepal in 1829. [JD].
History at Camden Park
Listed only in the 1850 catalogue and underlined in a copy of the catalogue held at the Mitchell Library. [ML635.9m]. Obtained from Veitch’s Nursery, brought out from England by Captain P. P. King in 1849. Believed by Macarthur to be a new introduction at that time. [ML A1980-3].
Published Jun 18, 2009 - 05:19 PM | Last updated Jul 18, 2010 - 11:33 AM