ARS Victoria Newsletter – April 2017
Rhododendron in focus: R. annae
This is a little-known species which I obtained from Ken Gillanders in Tasmania. The form we have is probably the subspecies laxiflorum which has longer leaves and spotted flowers compared to subspecies R. annae ssp. annae. Our plant is growing near the stone bridge and is now around two metres high and flowers in October, with attractive white flowers spotted reddish-purple.(see photo). They flowers look similar to R. aberconwayi but the leaves are totally different. This species comes from Guizhou and Yunnan in the eastern Himalayas and is found in forests at 1400 to 3300 metres.
We have three new plants of R. annae, grown from Yunnan seed, planted in the area above the lake at the NRG, Olinda.
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