Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1227

Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in Mountains (rare in Piedmont & Coastal Plain)

Look for it on rocky slopes, in escarpment gorges, rocky areas in the Piedmont, sandhill bluffs in the Coastal Plain, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Variable

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Pink/White
Bisexual
Slightly bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed campanulate to funnelform corolla
10 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Rhododendron minus   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rhododendron minus   FAMILY Ericaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 145-05-003:
Rhododendron minus   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Rhododendron minus

LESS THAN Flora of North America
Rhododendron minus var. minus

 

COMMON NAME:
Gorge Rhododendron, Punctatum, Piedmont Rhododendron, (Carolina Rhododendron)


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Steve Marlow    snm079701_14a

January    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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JK Marlow    jkm0404c_18

April    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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JK Marlow    jkm0405w_06

May    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

People who eat honey made by bees that forage on Rhododendron may become ill, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_rhododendron_minus

May        

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Ron Lance    rwl_rhodo_minus

June    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

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Ron Lance    rwl1227_a2

June        

Flowers pink to white, often spotted with green, in terminal clusters, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

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JK Marlow    jkm061103_036

November    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

Somebody tell this plant that it's November.

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JK Marlow    s081221_a

December    Oconee County    SC

Leathery elliptical leaves sharply pointed at apex, wedge-shaped at base, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Kalmia and Rhododendron species

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JK Marlow    s081221_b

December    Oconee County    SC

Lower surface of leaves punctate with brown scales, per Weakley's Flora.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaf undersides of Kalmia and Rhododendron species