Rhody ID please ... [interesting leaves]

snasxs(7-8 VA)July 18, 2007

The common name is "high mountain" Rhododendron. It is said to be a species.

Flowers:

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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Maybe "high mountain" is a transliteration of Chinese.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2007 at 11:19PM
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snasxs(7-8 VA)

Bb,

Yes, you are right. These are distributed in mountains of Yunnan and Guizhou provinces at altitude of 9842 ft or higher.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2007 at 11:48PM
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rhodyman(SE PA, USDA Z6)

There are nearly 1,000 high mountain rhododendrons native to China. There are also naturally occuring hybrids. Identification involves location, elevation, time of bloom, flower characteristics (anthers, petals, color patterns, color, etc.), leaf characteristics(indumentum, leaf scales, etc.), bud characteristics, root/stolon characteristics, type of soil, and nearby vegetation. There are modern day plant explorers in China, Nepal, Tibet, etc. Some are native and some are from other countries. Most of the new species now are Vireya Rhododendrons being discovered in Borneo and that area.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2007 at 10:25AM
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snasxs(7-8 VA)

Rhody, this is not a newly discovered species. It is the latest such "high mountain" rhododendrons that are domesticated for the first time. It is said these can be mass-produced in normal elevation for gardens and homes. The technique receives a gold medal of horticulture in china.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2007 at 11:47PM
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ingwe4(Sweden)

A very special rhododendron. Lovely leaves.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2007 at 4:01PM
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snasxs(7-8 VA)

An image of wild "high mountain" rhododendron in natural habitat (picture taken in Yunnan):

    Bookmark   August 19, 2007 at 10:02PM
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