Rhododendron simsii

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Rhododendron simsii
Rhododendron indicum - Kunming Botanical Garden - DSC02873.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Rhododendron
Species: R. simsii
Binomial name
Rhododendron simsii
  • Euodia confusa Merr.
  • Azalea indica var. simsii (Planch.) L.H. Bailey
  • Rhododendron breynii Planch.
  • Rhododendron danielsianum Planch.
  • Rhododendron decumbens D. Don ex G. Don
  • Rhododendron hannoense Nakai
  • Rhododendron indicum (L.) Sweet (Satsuki azalea)
  • Rhododendron lateritium Planch.
  • Rhododendron macranthum (Bunge) G. Don

Rhododendron simsii (杜鵑) is a rhododendron species native to East Asia, where it grows at altitudes of 500–2700 meters. It is a shrub that grows to 2 m in height, with leaves that are ovate, elliptic-ovate or obovate to oblanceolate, 1.5–5 by 0.5–3 cm in size. Flowers range from white to dark red.

The species is common in Hong Kong. It is also distributed in Areas south of Yangtze in China as well as in Vietnam and Thailand.[1]

Its specific name commemorates John Sims (1749-1831) who was the first editor of "Magazine Botanique". [2]