Dwarf Snow Rhododendron
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Dwarf Snow Rhododendron
ative Photo: Sanjyoti Subba
Common name: Dwarf Snow Rhododendron
Botanical name: Rhododendron nivale    Family: Ericaceae (Blueberry family)

Dwarf Snow Rhododendron is a small spreading, often gregarious, shrublet found on drier alpine slopes. It grows up to 50 cm tall with densely scaly branchlets. Flowers are usually solitary or paired, lavender, magenta or pink, broadly funnel shaped. Sepal cup is scaly. Petals are elliptic, spreading. Stamens prominently protrude out. Leaves are elliptic to rounded, very small, only up to 1.3 cm long, scaly on both surfaces. Dwarf Snow Rhododendron is found in the Himalayas, Bhutan, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, altitudes of 4500-5500 m. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Sanjyoti Subba Photographed in Sikkim.

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