Entering the conservatory, I was fully captivated by hundreds of new species I had never seen before. It also wasn't very warm either with the temperature set at perhaps 50 degrees F (10C).
The first thing to catch my eye (no surprise here) was a hardy-looking schefflera growing in a pot off to the right. This could very well be Schefflera alpina but not entirely sure.
Up a little closer:
I'm just throwing this in. I have no idea what it is.
Schefflera macrophylla is unfortunately not quite hardy enough to grow outside reliably in the Pacific Northwest, but it is definitely on the borderline and when I eventually get my hands on I will most definitely be experimenting with it.
Try to guess which genus this plant is from: (hint: it's in the same family as rhododendron)
(Scroll down for the answer)
Answer: If you guessed the blueberry family (Vaccinium), you're right! Vaccinium kachinense is its name. I'll save you the effort of scrolling back up and post it one more time:
And finally, Rhododendron himantodes really bears little resemblence to any other rhododendron I'm familiar with. Its flower buds are like minature magnolia seed pods. I actually wouldn't mind if it didn't bloom and just stayed like that the whole time!