Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


930

Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon in NC Mtns, rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC (endemic to C & S Appalachians)

Look for it on heath balds, bogs, rocky summits, & rocky woodlands, mostly at high elevations, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Wet ...Variable

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Greenish-white/Reddish-pink
Bisexual
4-lobed calyx
4-lobed urceolate corolla
8 included 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 pilosum   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Menziesia pilosa   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 145-06-001:
Menziesia pilosa   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Diplarche and Menziesia transferred to Rhododendron (Craven, 2011)
Rhododendron pilosum

SYNONYMOUS WITH Andre Michaux
Azalea pilosa

 

COMMON NAME:
Minniebush


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_mepi2_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm140607_468

June    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

image of Rhododendron pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm140607_471

June    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

Vegetation resembles that of azaleas & blueberries, per Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast.

image of Rhododendron pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm140607_471b

June    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

Leaves mostly 1-2" long, tip mucronate, ciliate on margin, hairy, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

image of Rhododendron pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm140607_481

June    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

image of Rhododendron pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm140607_485

June    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

Bark is grayish to light brown, usually papery and exfoliating, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

image of Rhododendron pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm140607_621

June    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

Small urn-shaped flowers, corolla greenish-white, often with a reddish tinge, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

image of Rhododendron pilosum

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmmpilosa_cg1

June        

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmmpilosa_ls

June?        

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JK Marlow    jkm0508c_25

August    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm0508c_25b

August    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

When sterile, the prominent mucro on the leaves [helps] distinguish it, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Rhododendron pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm180821_3925

August    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

image of Rhododendron pilosum

JK Marlow    jkm180821_3927

August    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

The midrib below with ragged, scaly "joints", per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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JK Marlow    jkm180821_3933

August    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

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Ron Lance    rwl930_a

September