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Pink Bell Rhododendron   
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Pink Bell Rhododendron
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Pink Bell Rhododendron
Botanical name: Rhododendron campanulatum subsp. aeruginosum    Family: Ericaceae (Heath family)

Pink Bell Rhododendron is a wild rhododendron found in the Himalayan alpine regions of Northern India, Bhutan, and Nepal. It grows on the stony alpine slopes and ledges at altitudes of 4000-4800 m. It is a low growing shrub, usually rounded in shape, and up to 4 feet tall. The leaves are 5-7.5 cm long, 3-4.5 cm broad, elliptical, tough, heart-shaped at the base and mucronate at the tip, margins recurved, matte leaf surface. Leaves are bright green, hairless. Lower surface is covered by rusty-brown tomentum, midrib and lateral vein also covered with tomentum. Leaf stalks are small, 4-5 mm. Pink flowers are borne on hairless stalks 1.5-2 cm long, in tight clusters. They are broadly bell-shaped, 2.5-2.8 cm long, 3-3.5 cm broad, 5-petaled. Stamens are 10 in number, with dark brown anthers.

Photographed beyond Tsomgo lake, Sikkim.
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