Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1222

Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas
Documented growing wild in - NC SC

Uncommon, endemic to the Southern Appalachians

Look for it on rocky summits, heath balds, high elevation forests, moist slopes, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
White
Bisexual
Slightly bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed campanulate to funnelform corolla
10 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 carolinianum   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rhododendron carolinianum   FAMILY Ericaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 145-05-003?:
Rhododendron minus   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Rhododendron carolinianum

LESS THAN Flora of North America
Rhododendron minus var. minus

 

COMMON NAME:
Carolina Rhododendron, Punctatum


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image of Rhododendron carolinianum

JK Marlow    jkm0402b_06

February    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

image of Rhododendron carolinianum

JK Marlow    jkm0304v_05

April    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

Earlier white-flowered form of R minus sometimes designated R. carolinianum, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

image of Rhododendron carolinianum

JK Marlow    jkm090412_101

April    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

image of Rhododendron carolinianum

JK Marlow    jkm160430_608

April    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

image of Rhododendron carolinianum

Ron Lance    rwl1222_a

April        

image of Rhododendron carolinianum

Ron Lance    rwl1222_b

April        

Leaves mostly 2-4" long, with tiny dots (punctate) below, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Kalmia and Rhododendron species

image of Rhododendron carolinianum

JK Marlow    jkm150927_199

September    Henderson County    NC

Bearwallow Mountain

image of Rhododendron carolinianum

JK Marlow    jkm0311f_08

November    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park