Pendulous Rhododendron
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Pendulous Rhododendron
ative Photo: Sabita Dahal
Common name: Pendulous Rhododendron • Hindi: Jhundinae Chimal
Botanical name: Rhododendron pendulum    Family: Ericaceae (Blueberry family)

Pendulous Rhododendron is a straggling, evergreen shrub. It can be easily identified in the field by its fawn colour densely villous leaf undersides. Petiole densely wooly with obtuse or rounded apex. Leaf blade oblong or oblong-elliptic, 2-5 x 1-2.5 cm; margin slightly curled, tip blunt or rounded, underside densely brown or fawn-woolly. Inflorescence 2-3 flowered. Flowers not fragrant. Pedicel densely wooly; calyx red or tinged red, 5-9 lobed, unequal. Flowers are bell-shaped to funnel-shaped, white, white tinged pink or rarely pale yellow. Stamens 10, filaments hairy below. Occur in cliffs and rocks, often epiphytic in Eastern Himalayas, at altitudes of 2000-3500. Flowering in April-June.

Identification credit: Sabita Dahal Photographed in Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, North Sikkim,

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