This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
"The genus Vaceinium, which is mostly represented in northern climates by deciduous-leaved shrubs with small flowers, assumes a very different habit and appearance in the tropical mountains of both the old and new world. In the lower Eastern Himalaya, Malay Peninsula, Java, and other of the Malayan islands, especially, there is an extensive section - to which the two species here figured belong - which could hardly be recognised as having much affinity with the Whortleberry of our moors. They are all epiphytical shrubs, having the lower part of the stem often swelling out into a prostrate trunk, as thick as the human body or leg, and sending out branching fibrous roots that attach it to the limb of the tree upon which it grows-These trunks are soft and spongy internally, and are reservoirs of moisture and nutriment ; they send out a few slender, generally pendulous branches, which bear often gorgeous flowers." The two plants which give rise to the above remark are most beautiful shrubs with large crimson flowers, and would be brilliant ornaments of a greenhouse should they prove to be cultivable.