Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


930

Shrub
Perennial

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

Uncommon in NC Mtns, rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC (endemic to C & S Appalachians)

Look for it on heath balds, bogs, rocky summits, & rocky woodlands, mostly at high elevations, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Wet ...Variable

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Greenish-white/Reddish-pink
Bisexual
4-lobed calyx
4-lobed urceolate corolla
8 included 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 pilosum   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Menziesia pilosa   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 145-06-001:
Menziesia pilosa   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Diplarche and Menziesia transferred to Rhododendron (Craven, 2011)
Rhododendron pilosum

SYNONYMOUS WITH Andre Michaux
Azalea pilosa

 

COMMON NAME:
Minniebush


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picture of Menziesia pilosa, image of Rhododendron pilosum

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_mepi2_001_lvd

        

picture of Menziesia pilosa, image of Rhododendron pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm140607_468

June    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

picture of Menziesia pilosa, image of Rhododendron pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm140607_471

June    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

Vegetation resembles that of azaleas & blueberries, per Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast.

picture of Menziesia pilosa, image of Rhododendron pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm140607_471b

June    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

Leaves mostly 1-2" long, tip mucronate, ciliate on margin, hairy, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

picture of Menziesia pilosa, image of Rhododendron pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm140607_481

June    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

picture of Menziesia pilosa, image of Rhododendron pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm140607_485

June    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

Bark is grayish to light brown, usually papery and exfoliating, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

picture of Menziesia pilosa, image of Rhododendron pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm140607_621

June    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

Small urn-shaped flowers, corolla greenish-white, often with a reddish tinge, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

picture of Menziesia pilosa, image of Rhododendron pilosum

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmmpilosa_cg1

June        

picture of Menziesia pilosa, image of Rhododendron pilosum

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmmpilosa_ls

June?        

picture of Menziesia pilosa, image of Rhododendron pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm0508c_25

August    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

picture of Menziesia pilosa, image of Rhododendron pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm0508c_25b

August    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

When sterile, the prominent mucro on the leaves [helps] distinguish it, per Weakley's Flora.

picture of Menziesia pilosa, image of Rhododendron pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm180821_3925

August    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

picture of Menziesia pilosa, image of Rhododendron pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm180821_3927

August    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

The midrib below with ragged, scaly "joints", per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

picture of Menziesia pilosa, image of Rhododendron pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm180821_3933

August    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

picture of Menziesia pilosa, image of Rhododendron pilosum

Ron Lance    rwl930_a

September