Emu Valley Newsletter – March 2017

  • Date: 10th March 2017
  • author: Maurie Kuscph

Rhododendron syringoideum

In 2011 we were fortunate to receive a few packets of rhodo seed from Bob Cherry who accompanied Steve Hootman into New Guinea on a plant-hunting trip.

Over the years it has been interesting to watch the different growth patterns and leaf shapes of the collection appear. After three years R. macgregoriae was the first to flower with typical orange and yellow flowers, and then flowered R. herzogii with long white flushed pink flowers standing proudly above large obovate -elliptic leaves, a larger form than we have been growing at Emu Valley. Then came a very unusual form of R. beyerinckianum with pink flowers.

Three of these seed lots – two from Mt Hagen and one from Mt Wilhelm, were unidentified species
making them quite intriguing.

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