Keys Rhododendron
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Keys Rhododendron
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Keys Rhododendron
Botanical name: Rhododendron keysii    Family: Ericaceae (Blueberry family)
Synonyms: Rhododendron keysii var. unicolor

Keys Rhododendron is an erect shrubs, evergreen, rarely epiphytic, 1-4 m tall. Branches are slender, straggling. Leaf-stalks are 5-16 mm, scaly, leaves are leathery, lanceolate-elliptic or lanceolate-oblong, 4-8 x 1-3 cm, base wedge-shaped, tip pointed, surface pale green below, dark green, shiny above, Flowers are borne in leaf axils in short 4-6-flowered racemes. Flowers are pendulous, carried on slender stalks, 0.4-0.8 cm, sparsely scaly. Sepals about 1 mm, shortly ovate, scaly. Flowers are tubular, slightly ventricose, orange or salmon pink to deep red, 1.8-2.5 cm, petals not spreading, oblong, small. Stamens are 10. Capsules are cylindric, 8-10 mm, densely scaly. Keys Rhododendron is found in China and Easter Himalayas, from Bhutan to NE India, at altitudes of 2400-4300 m. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed enroute to Sangetsar Lake, Arunachal Pradesh.

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