Bristly Rhododendron
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Bristly Rhododendron
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Bristly Rhododendron
Botanical name: Rhododendron setosum    Family: Ericaceae (Blueberry family)

Bristly Rhododendron is a small shrub with pink-purple, widely funnel-shaped, and deeply 5-lobed flowers. Stamens are 10, longer than the petals and spreading. Flowers are about 2.5 cm across, mostly in clusters of 3, or sometimes more. Sepal cup is 6 mm long, deeply lobed, scaly. Leaves are very small, oblong-elliptic blunt, 0.8-1.2 cm, often with bristly inrolled margins, scaly on both sides. Bristly Rhododendron is a small shrub up to half a meter tall, with densely bristly-hairy branchlets. Capsule is about 6 mm, scaly, encircled by persistent sepal cup. Bristly Rhododendron is found in Eastern Himalayas, from C. Nepal to SE Tibet, at altitudes of 3600-4800 m. Flowering: May-July.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed at Sela Pass, Arunachal Pradesh & Yumthang Valley, Sikkim.

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