Vireya Rhododendrons


Rhododendron

Rhododendron celebicum

collected in Sulawesi by Hank Helm and John Farbarik

photo by Hank Helm

What is a vireya?

Vireya rhododendrons comprise about a third of the genus. They are scaly and in the Subgenus Rhododendron.

In terms of flower shape and color they are the most variable group. They are never spotted except with scales and are never truly blue. Many are fragrant.

They are generally confined to the Asian archipelago with notable exceptions. Over half of the species occur in New Guinea.

Although they grow from sea level to fifteen thousand feet in elevation, the majority are found in montane forests and often grow in pockets of humus in the crooks of tree branches.

A varied collection will provide blooms year around.

Rhododendron

Rhododendron radians

collected in Sulawesi by Hank Helm and John Farbarik

photo by Hank Helm


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