Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1233

Shrub
Perennial

Native to North Carolina & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC -

Rare, endemic to the NC mountains

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

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partial shade shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Pink
Bisexual
Slightly bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed broadly campanulate corolla, appearing 2-lipped
5-7 stamens, longer than or equaling corolla lobes
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 vaseyi   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rhododendron vaseyi   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 145-05-004:
Rhododendron vaseyi   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Biltia vaseyi

 

COMMON NAME:
Pinkshell Azalea


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JK Marlow    jkm0505n_33

May    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Endemic to NC mountains, though approaching very close to SC & reported for GA, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm0505n_35

May    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Corolla tube 2-5mm long, much shorter than corolla lobes, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm070518_032

May    Avery County    NC

Grandfather Mountain

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JK Marlow    jkm070518_037

May    Avery County    NC

Grandfather Mountain

Locally abundant on Grandfather Mtn, its northernmost outpost, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm070518_057

May    Avery County    NC

Grandfather Mountain

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JK Marlow    jkm070518_070

May    Avery County    NC

Grandfather Mountain

Calyx lobes 0.3-0.5mm long, glandular-ciliate and often glandular on the back, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm070518_072

May    Avery County    NC

Grandfather Mountain

Corolla lobes spreading, the largest (and often the 2 lateral) spotted, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm070518_087

May    Avery County    NC

Grandfather Mountain

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JK Marlow    jkm160503_302

May    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm160503_338

May    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm170507_783

May    Transylvania County    NC

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Will Stuart    wil_8795322648_25dac60d1f

May        NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm140816_749

August    Jackson County    NC

High Hampton Inn

Leaves elliptic, often broadly so (commonly 3-6cm wide), acuminate, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm150814_723

August    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

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JK Marlow    jkm150814_727

August    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

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JK Marlow    jkm140913_689

September    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway