Megera Rhododendron
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Megera Rhododendron
ative Photo: Jaya Upadhyay
Common name: Megera Rhododendron
Botanical name: Rhododendron megeratum    Family: Ericaceae (Blueberry family)

Megera Rhododendron is a dwarf shrub growing on rock or on trees. Young growth is setose. Leaves are evergreen, lower surface whitish-hairy, scales rimmed or vesicular, deeply sunk in pits. Flowers are borne at branch ends, in 1-many flowered clusters. Calyx is well-developed. Flowers are broadly bell-shaped, stamens 10, regularly arranged, not declinate, ovary tapering into the sharply deflexed style. Seeds are prominently winged and finned. Megera Rhododendron is native to Arunachal Pradesh, Yunnan, S Tibet and NE Myanmar, at altitudes of 2500-4200 m.

Identification credit: Jaya Upadhyay Photographed at Sela Pass, Arunachal Pradesh.

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