Rhododendron periclymenoides

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Rhododendron periclymenoides
Rhododendron periclymenoides, Kentucky.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Rhododendron
Species: R. periclymenoides
Binomial name
Rhododendron periclymenoides
Michx.
Synonyms

Rhododendron nudiflorum

Rhododendron periclymenoides, commonly called pink azalea[1] and pinxter flower, is a species of shrub in the heath family. It is native to eastern North America, where it is widespread from Alabama to New Hampshire.[2] It is often found in riparian areas, in wet to dry forests.[3]

This species produces showy pink flowers in the spring. They have 2-inch (51 mm) long stamens; they do not carry a scent. The leaves are bright green and ovate. The trunk grows to be about 9 feet (2.7 m) tall.[3] Like many members of the genus, the plant contains toxins in all parts of the flower.

This species is a popular horticultural plant. There is an unconfirmed report of this species in O'Leno State Park in Columbia County, Florida along the Santa Fe River.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rhododendron periclymenoides". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Rhododendron periclymenoides". County-level distribution map from the North American Plant Atlas (NAPA). Biota of North America Program (BONAP). 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Flora of North America