Yellow Dwarf Rhododendron
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Yellow Dwarf Rhododendron
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Yellow Dwarf Rhododendron
Botanical name: Rhododendron hypenanthum    Family: Ericaceae (Blueberry family)
Synonyms: Rhododendron anthopogon var. hypenanthum

Yellow Dwarf Rhododendron is an evergreen, aromatic shrub, up to 40 cm tall. It is closely related to the pinkish-white flowered Dwarf Rhododendron. Branches are rough and scaly. Leaves are elliptic-oblong, 1-3 cm long, dorsal surface rough, wrinkled, ventral densely covered with brown scales. Leaf-stalks are 3-5 mm long. Flowers are borne in terminal clusters of 5-15. Bracts are ovate, margin ciliate. Sepals are 3-4 mm, ovate, obtuse, margin ciliate. Flowers are yellow, 1.2-1.5 cm long, tube cylindrical, lobes orbicular, out-spreading. Capsule is ovoid, 4-6 mm long. Yellow Dwarf Rhododendron is found in scrub, open hillsides of the Himalayas, at altitudes of 3500-4500 m. Flowering: May-July.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in beyong Tsomgo lake, Sikkim.

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