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Short Fruited Azalea   
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Short Fruited Azalea
ntroduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Short Fruited Azalea
Botanical name: Rhododendron brachycarpum    Family: Ericaceae (Heath family)

Short Fruited Azalea is a shrub which is slow to flower when young. The small-flowered trusses of 8-20 flowers often bloom late in the season. Flowers are white to pale rose, sometimes deep rose to yellowish with brownish-green spots, often in lines. The plant is compact and rounded when young and open grown. The plant has particularly attractive foliage with dark, shiny green leaves that look almost tropical. They are of medium size, oblong to obovate with rounded bases. These plants are native to central and southern Korea and mountainous northern and central parts of Japan, often above the tree line (5500-7500 feet). Known as the 'Fujiyama' rhododendron in Japan, R. brachycarpum withstands wind and dry mineral soil better than most rhododendrons.

Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.
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