Rhododendron vaseyi A. Gray. Pinkshell Azalea. Phen: May-Jun; Aug-Oct. Hab: Moist slopes, bogs, high elevation rocky summits, cliffs, high elevation heath balds. Dist: Endemic to the mountains of NC, though approaching very close to SC and GA in the vicinity of Cashiers and Highlands, NC and reported for Rabun Bald (Rabun Co. GA) without definite documentation; R. vaseyi occurs primarily southwest of the Asheville Basin, but is found at scattered locations farther north and is locally abundant on Grandfather Mountain (at the junction of Avery, Watauga, and Caldwell counties, NC), its northernmost outpost.
Origin/Endemic status: Endemic
Syn: = F, FNA8, K1, K3, K4, NE, RAB, W, Judd & Kron (1995), Luteyn et al (1996); = Biltia vaseyi – S