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Rhododendron pilosum (Michaux) Craven. Minniebush. Phen: May-Jul; Aug-Oct. Hab: Heath balds, bogs, rocky summits, and rocky woodlands, mostly at high elevations. Dist: A Southern and Central Appalachian endemic: sc. PA, sw. PA, e. WV, w. VA, e. TN, w. NC, and ne. GA.

ID notes: The very prominent mucro on the leaves and the series of fascicles of glandular trichomes along the leaf midrib below readily distinguish the species in sterile condition from other deciduous Rhododendron.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Synonymy: = K4, Craven (2011); = Azalea pilosa Michx.; = Menziesia pilosa (Michx.) Juss. – C, F, FNA8, G, K1, K3, Pa, RAB, S, Tn, Va, W, WV, Luteyn et al (1996)

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FAC (name change)

Heliophily ?: 6

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image of plant© Bruce A. Sorrie | Original Image ⭷
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image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Original Image ⭷
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