I have found no description of this plant.
Horticultural & Botanical History
History at Camden Park
It was included among desiderata in a letter to John Lindley dated 15th February 1848 [MP A2933-1, p.157] and to Sir William Hooker on 11th February 1848 although not marked ‘arrived’ on Macarthur’s copies. [MP A2933-1, p.165]. It had previously been obtained from Loddiges’ Nursery but in a letter dated 13th February 1848 Macarthur reported it dead on arrival. [MP A2933-1, p.172]. It was requested again of Kew on 1st February, 1849 [MP A2933-1, p.177] and obtained from them, brought out from England by Captain P. P. King in 1849. Believed by Macarthur to be a new introduction at that time but he seems to have had doubts about it as there is a question mark against it in the confirmatory list sent to King. [ML A1980-3]. It was not listed in any catalogues.
Azalea hybridae-belgicae robusta, an early Ghent hybrid, is listed in the 1836 edition of Loddiges’ Nursery catalogue, a copy of which is held at Camden Park [CPA]. This is a possible, but unlikely identification. See Rhododendron x gandavensis ‘Gloria-mundi’ for further information.
Published Jun 19, 2009 - 02:26 PM | Last updated Sep 06, 2011 - 05:08 PM