Pink-Ball Rhododendron
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Pink-Ball Rhododendron
ative Photo: Ratna Ghosh
Common name: Pink-Ball Rhododendron
Botanical name: Rhododendron hodgsonii    Family: Ericaceae (Blueberry family)

Pink-Ball Rhododendron is a shrub or small tree, up to 7 m tall, growing in forests in the Himalayas at 3000-4000 m. It is named for Bryan Houghton Hodgson, 19th century British amateur naturalist in Nepal. Leaves up to 24 cm long, silvery to brownish, matted beneath, oblong elliptic to inverted-lanceshaped. Leaves are very leathery, and the leaf stalk is stout. Flowers are up to 4 cm long, pink to purple or reddish, waxy, with a few darker blotches within. The are borne in compact clusters of 15-20 flowers, usually 15-20 cm across. Flowering: April-June.

Identification credit: Susmita Basu Photographed in Yumthang Valley, Sikkim.

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