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Barbed-Stalk Rhododendron   
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Barbed-Stalk Rhododendron
ative Photo: Ratna Ghosh
Common name: Barbed-Stalk Rhododendron
Botanical name: Rhododendron barbatum    Family: Ericaceae (Heath family)
Synonyms: Rhododendron lancifolium

Barbed-Stalk Rhododendron is a large shrub or a small tree up to 6 m tall, with smooth greyish peeling bark, and young shoots bristly haired. Flowers are blood-red wit h5 darker blotches in the base. Flowers are borne in compact umbels, and are tubular-bell-shaped, 5 petalled, 3 cm long. Stamens are 10, anthers black purple. Leaves are elliptic-lanceshaped, up to 23 cm long, shining above, woolly haired on the underside when young, smooth later. Leaf stalks have long glandular bristles, giving them a barbed appearance. Barbed-Stalk Rhododendron is found in the Himalayas, from Uttarakhand to Bhutan, at altitudes of 2400-3600 m. Flowering: April-June.

Identification credit: Bharat Kumar Pradhan Photographed in Sandakphu, West Bengal & Tshoka-Dzongri, West Sikkim.

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