61. Rhododendron macabeanum Watt ex I.B. Balfour ERICACEAE

Plate by Stella Ross-Craig, from Curtis’s Botanical Magazine

One of the most handsome of the large rhododendrons, which can reach a height of 15 metres. Its flowers are a beautiful lemon yellow. It is restricted to India, to the states of Manipur and Nagaland, and was first found by George Watt in Manipur in 1882 at altitudes of between 2440 and 2740 metres. It was introduced into cultivation in Britain by Frank Kingdon-Ward. Its name commemorates Robert Blair McCabe, an Indian civil servant, who at one time was Deputy Commissioner of Manipur, and later the Inspector-General of Assam. McCabe came to an untimely end in the Shillong earthquake of 1897.

     

     

    RBGE Living Collections Accession Factsheet
    Accession Number:19698707
    Scientific Name:Rhododendron macabeanum Watt ex Balf.f.
    Family:Ericaceae
    Genus:Rhododendron
    Epithet:macabeanum
    Plant:19698707A
    Location:/Living Collections/Inverleith/W13/ZU050
    Plant:19698707B
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
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    Plant:19698707E
    Location:/Living Collections/Benmore/YF1/210
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     Location: 55.963592389,-3.206898109
     Location: 55.96517216,-3.209466608