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Rhododendron Ponticum

Rhododendron Ponticum
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Copyright: Lior Almagor (LiorAlmagor) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 90] (1266)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-04
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikon DX AF-S 18-200mm 1:3.5-5.6 G ED
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-30 2:21
Viewed: 3106
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This week will is devoted to flowers from various places.
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Rhododendron
Subgenus: Hymenanthes
Species: Rhododendron ponticum
Rhododendron ponticum, called Common Rhododendron or Pontic Rhododendron, is a species of Rhododendron native to southern Europe and southwest Asia.
It is a dense, suckering shrub or small tree growing to 5 m tall, rarely 8 m. The leaves are evergreen, 618 cm long and 25 cm broad. The flowers are 3.55 cm diameter, violet-purple, often with small greenish-yellow spots or streaks. The fruit is a dry capsule 1525 mm long, containing numerous small seeds.
There are two subspecies:
Rhododendron ponticum subsp. ponticum. Bulgaria east to Georgia.
In Europe, its range includes Spain, northern Portugal, Great Britain, Ireland and southeast Bulgaria, which is the last surviving European Tertiary habitat.
In Asia it occurs in Turkey, Lebanon, Georgia, the Krasnodar area of southern Russia, the Himalayas, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Northern Pakistan and northern India.
Rhododendron ponticum subsp. baeticum (Boiss. & Reut.) Hand.-Mazz. Spain, Portugal.

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Excellent image of this Rhododendron, new for my
TFS, Ferran

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