2014 The Rhododendron

  • Date: 5th March 2016

Editorial

We take pleasure in bringing to you the 2014 volume of The Rhododendron, incorporating news of the activities of rhododendron-focussed groups throughout Australia, and a healthy number of newly-registered Australian hybrids, in addition to interesting articles of wider scope.

It’s with profound sadness that we also were bound to carry a tribute to Dr Lyn Craven, who passed away not long before we began putting this volume together. Lyn was a highly accomplished and respected professional botanist, a strong contributor to the interests of our Society, and a true gentleman. It was a matter of great pride and satisfaction to us rhododendron enthusiasts that, as a very senior staff member of the Australian National Herbarium, he made extensive explorations and conducted comprehensive research investigations focussed on vireyas. Andrew Rouse contributed the very fitting tribute which appears in these pages, and we thank him sincerely for so doing. Moreover, Andrew also took on the task of preparing the article Sulawesi vireyas introduced into cultivation by Lyn Craven for publication, which will give readers considerable insight into Lyn’s enthusiasm for vireyas and his dedication to the explorations and investigations he undertook.

We’re grateful to all contributors this year, and note that, in addition to our articles of local origin, we are again fortunate to be able to carry a further article authored by Bharat K. Pradhan and colleagues from the Sikkim Biodiversity Conservation and Forest Management Project – Department of Forest, Environment and Wildlife Management (Government of Sikkim, India), this time centred on the endemic population of Rhododendron maddenii.

Contents
Editorial · Barry Stagoll............................................................................3
Reports – Australian Rhododendron Groups .....................................5
Tribute to Lyn Craven · Andrew Rouse............................................. 10
Sulawesi vireyas introduced into cultivation by Lyn Craven · Andrew Rouse.............. 13
Population discovery and new elevation record for Rhododendron maddenii from Dzongu Valley, Sikkim Himalaya · Bharat Kumar Pradhan, Dorjee Chewang Bhutia and S.B.S. Bhadauria..................22
New Registrations 2013–2014 · Lesley Eaton.......................................30
Australian Rhododendron Society Contact Information.................36