Wight's Rhododendron
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Wight's Rhododendron
ative Photo: Bharat Kumar Pradhan
Common name: Wight's Rhododendron
Botanical name: Rhododendron wightii    Family: Ericaceae (Blueberry family)

Wight's Rhododendron is a shrub or small tree, growing up to 4 m tall. Leaves are elliptic, oblong or inverted-lance-shaped, 15-20 cm long, blunt or pointed. Leaves are bright green above and reddish brown or greyish on the underside. Flowers are pale yellow or almost white, bell-shaped, usually blotched or spotted with crimson at the base on the inside, 4-5 cm across. They occur in loose umbels of 12-20 flowers with prominent, stiff sticky, persistent bud-scales at its base. Sepals are very small. Wight's Rhododendron is found in the Himalayas, from E. Nepal to SE Tibet, at altitudes of 3600-4300 m. Flowering: May-June.

Identification credit: Bharat Kumar Pradhan Photographed at Shiv Mandir, Lachung valley, North Sikkim.

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