Speckled Pink Rhododendron
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Speckled Pink Rhododendron
P Native Photo: Biswanath Mondal
Common name: Speckled Pink Rhododendron
Botanical name: Rhododendron hylaeum    Family: Ericaceae (Blueberry family)

Speckled Pink Rhododendron is an evergreen shrub or tree, up to 40 ft high, with a pinkish, flaking bark. Flower are tubular-bell-shaped, five-petaled, fleshy, up to 4.5 cm long, pink, dark spotted, with five nectar-pouches at the base. Flowers are borne in branch-end cluster of 10-12 flowers, flower-stalks 1-1.5 cm long, eglandular. Sepal-cup is cup-like, wavy, up to 1.5 cm long. Ovary is eglandular, style hairless. Leaves are leathery, inverted-lanceshaped to obovate, rounded to blunt at the tip, narrowed to a roundish or slightly heart-shaped base, 7.5-17 cm long, 2.-5 cm wide, hairless on both sides; leaf-stalk up to 2.5 cm long. Speckled Pink Rhododendron is found in East Himalaya (Arunachal Pradesh) to China South-Central, Myanmar and Tibet, at altitudes of 2600-3600 m. Flowering: May-June.

Identification credit: Dipankar Borah Photographed in Myodia, Arunachal Pradesh.

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