• The Shrub Showys - Rhododendrons

     Bristly Rhododendron -Rhododendron setosum

    Erect shrubs, 0.1–0.3(–1.2) m tall, usually intricately branched,small shrub with rounded leaves and purple flowers.Flowers are about 2.5 cm.Flowering: May-July. Bristly Rhododendron is found in Eastern Himalayas, from C. Nepal to SE Tibet.

    Rhododendron thomsonii

    Thomson's Rhododendron have deep blood-red fleshy waxy flowers .Its leaves are not long and narrow like most Rhododendron species. Leaves are rounded-oval, 5-10 cm, with a rounded or shallow heart-shaped base.Flowers are beautiful, bell-shaped.Thomson's Rhododendron is found in forests and shrubberies in the Himalayas, from E. Nepal to SE Tibet.Flowering: May-June.

    Snow Rhododendron/Rhododendron nivale

    Snow Rhododendron/Rhododendron nivale is lsmall spreading shrub which grows up to 50 cm tall. Flowers are lavender majenta or pink in colour .Snow Rhododendron is found in the Himalayas, Bhutan, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. Flowering: June-July.

    Rhododendron wallichii

    Rhododendron wallichii  is a shrubs 2–4 m tall. Leaves are leathery,Flowers are broadly bell-shaped, lilac-purple, purplish red or whitish, deeply rose-spotted.Wallich's Rhododendron is found in the Himalayas, from E. Nepal to West-Bengal and Sikkim

    Rhododendron Wightii


    Wight's Rhododendron is a shrub or small tree, growing up to 4 m tall.Leaves are bright green above and reddish brown or greyish.Wight's Rhododendron is found in the Himalayas, from E. Nepal to SE Tibet.Flowering: May-June.

    Pink Scaly Rhododendron - ആറ്റരശ്

    Pink Scaly Rhododendron is a low shrublet, growing to about a meter tall.Flowers are about 2-2.5 cm across, broadly tubular with 5 spreading rounded petals.Flowering: June-July.Pounded leaves are boiled in water and spread on cots, beds, and mats to kill bugs.

    Yellow Dwarf Rhododendron

    Yellow Dwarf Rhododendron is found in scrub, open hillsides of the Himalayas, at altitudes of 3500-4500 m. Flowering: May-July.Branches are rough and scaly. Leaves are elliptic-oblong, 1-3 cm long, dorsal surface rough, wrinkled

    Deceptive Rhododendron - Rhododendron decipiens

    Deceptive Rhododendron is species of Rhododendron found in Sikkim. Leaves are elliptic and leathery. Flowers are pink-white, bell-shaped, with many overlapping petals. Leaves of Deceptive Rhododendron yield campanulin, friedelin, ursolic acid and quercetin.

    Willow-Leaved Rhododendron 

    Atarasu,Willow-Leaved Rhododendron is a low shrublet, growing to about a meter tall.Flowers are about 2-2.5 cm across, broadly tubular with 5 spreading rounded petals, scaly and glandular outside. Flowering: June-July.The juice of the plant, believes to purify the blood. Pounded leaves are boiled in water and spread on cots, beds, and mats to kill bugs.

    Pink Bell Rhododendron

    Pink Bell Rhododendron found in the Himalayan alpine regions of Northern India, Bhutan, and Nepal.They are broadly bell-shaped, 2.5-2.8 cm long, 3-3.5 cm broad, 5-petaled. Stamens are 10 in number, with dark brown anthers.

    Tree Rhododendron  - Rhododendron arboreum
    കാട്ടുപൂവരശ്

    Rhododendron arboreum (Tree Rhododendron), also known as burans or gurans, is an evergreen shrub or small tree with a showy display of bright red flowers. It is found in Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Rhododendron arboreum is the national flower of Nepal and the state tree of Uttarakhand in India.This plant holds the Guinness Record for World's Largest Rhododendron.A postal stamp was issued by the Indian Postal Department to commemorate this flower.








    Nilgiri Rhododendron  - അലഞ്ചി/ കാട്ടുപൂവരശ്

    Nilgiri Rhododendron nilagiricum a species of Rhododendron endemic to Western Ghats.A tree upto 10mt tall with brown bark and dark pink beautiful flowers.Common in Nilgiris, Anamalai and Palani Hills and rarely found in Varushanad Hills.

    Dwarf Rhododendron- Rhododendron anthopogon


    Dwarf Rhododendron Atarasu or talisapatra is the smallest of the rhododendrons.Grows to only 2,3 ft high.Flowers are white or yellow flowers tinged with pink.The leaves are mixed with Juniper and used as incense in Buddhist monastries as well as in Hindu religious ceremonies.In Nepal, Dwarf Rhododendron is used in making an essential oil.Rhododendron can be used in gouty rheumatic conditions. The essential oil is a stimulant and affects fibrous tissue, bones and nervous system.












    Rhododendron

    Rhododendron (പൂവരശ്,അരശ്,അലഞ്ചി ) is a genus of over 1,000 species of woody plants in the heath family, either evergreen or deciduous. Most species have showy flowers.
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    Azaleas make up two subgenera of Rhododendron. They are distinguished from "true" rhododendrons by having only five anthers per flower.Rhododendron is a genus characterised by shrubs and small to (rarely) large trees, the smallest species growing to 10–100 cm (3.9–39 in) tall, and the largest, R. protistum var. giganteum, reported to 30 m (98 ft) tall. The leaves are spirally arranged; leaf size can range from 1–2 cm (0.39–0.79 in) to over 50 cm (20 in), exceptionally 100 cm (39 in) in R. sinogrande. . In some species, the undersides of the leaves are covered with scales (lepidote) or hairs (indumentum). Some of the best known species are noted for their many clusters of large flowers. There are alpine species with small flowers and small leaves, and tropical species such as section Vireya that often grow as epiphytes. Species in this genus may be part of the heath complex in oak-heath forests in eastern North America. [Thanks to Wiki]



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