Rosy Rhododendron
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Rosy Rhododendron
ative Photo: Ratna Ghosh
Common name: Rosy Rhododendron • Nepali: Takma Chimal
Botanical name: Rhododendron glaucophyllum    Family: Ericaceae (Blueberry family)

Rosy Rhododendron is an aromatic shrub 2 ft or sometimes taller. It grows on rocks and open slopes. Flowers are rosy red or white, marked with pink, in clusters of usually 5. Flowers are 2-3 cm across, with a short tube and 5 spreading overlapping lobes. Stamens protrude out. Sepals are ovate, long-pointed, 6-9 mm, often somewhat glaucous, scaly at the base and around the margins. Leaves are narrowly elliptic to elliptic, rarely somewhat obovate, usually pointed at the tip (very rarely blunt), wedge-shaped at the base, 4-6 x 1.5-2.5 cm, upper surface dark brownish green, blue-green beneath. Capsule is scaly, ovoid, about 1 cm. Rosy Rhododendron is found in Eastern Himalayas, from E Nepal to SE Tibet, including Sikkim and Bhutan, at altitudes of 2700-3600 m. Flowering: May.

Identification credit: Bharat Kumar Pradhan Photographed in Yumthang Valley, Sikkim.

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