February 27, 2017Anindya Roy

We Love Our Rhododendron ~ Lets Know Them Too ~ Focus Indian Himalaya

Found in Uttarakhand@Copyright Rockfeet.com

 

Walking through a Himalayan Nature Park we often come across with Rhododendron species. Many we know – Many we don’t. But No matter what , when they Bloom they set the forest on fire.

For city dwellers the view of a Rhododendron Burst can be enchanting but it may leave a huge impression on you. Personally when I traveled Kanchenjunga Wildlife Sanctuary in Spring time , The Forest made me insane. It was an unforgettable place which I could not Forget and it haunts my soul  till date.

This effort is just to make us prepared and informed of these amazing trees which garlands our Himalaya.

A Brief Teaser :

  • A total of 87 species, 12 subspecies and 8 varieties of Rhododendrons recorded in Indian Himalaya Region.
  • The maximum concentration of 86% observed in Norht Eastern Indian State of Arunachal Pradesh (75 species).
  • Many out of these 75 Species are only to be Found in Arunachal Pradesh(Endemic to AP).

 

Reference for this article came from resources mentioned in read more section, & With an urge of an avid Himalayan Trekker.

No Commercial Profit or copyrights infringement intended. 

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1. Rhododendron Anthopogon :

SpeciesDistribution Altitude(m)Status
 IndiaElsewhere  

R. anthopogon

AP, HP, SK, WBBhutan, China, Nepal, Tibet3350-5000Non Endemic

Predominant color: yellow

R. anthopogon

R. anthopogon

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2. Rhododendron Anthopogon Hypenanthum

SpeciesDistribution Altitude(m)Status
 IndiaElsewhere  

R. anthopogon  hypenanthum

AP, HP, JK, SK, UKBhutan, Nepal,3350-5000Predominant color: White

Non Endemic

 

R. anthopogon hypenanthum

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3. Rhododendron Arborium

Arborium

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SpeciesDistribution Altitude(m)Status
 IndiaElsewhere  

R. Arborium

AP, HP, JK, UK, MN, MG, MZ, NG, SK, WBBhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri

Lanka, Pakistan, Tibet

800-3000Predominant color: RED

Non Endemic

 

 

 

4. Rhododendron  Arborium  subspecies Cinnamomeum

Rhododendron arboreum ssp cinnamomeum

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SpeciesDistribution Altitude(m)Status
 IndiaElsewhere  

R. Arborium        Cinnamomeum

SK , WBNepal2500

Predominant color: pink

Non Endemic

 

 

5. R. Baileyi – A Very Rare Species – Found in Sikkim. Keep an Eye Open For This.

Rhododendron baileyi

Rhododendron baileyi

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SpeciesDistribution Altitude(m)Status
 IndiaElsewhere  

R. Beileyi

SKBhutan , Tibet3000-4000

Predominant color: Purple

RARE

 

 

6. R. Assamicum : Look at This Fellow. Only Found in AP(Arunachal Pradesh).

R. Assamicum

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SpeciesDistribution Altitude(m)Status
 IndiaElsewhere  
R. AssamicumAP3000Predominant color: White

ENDEMIC to AP

 

 

7. R. Barbatum : An award to find the difference between Arborium & Barbatum.

R. barbatum

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SpeciesDistribution Altitude(m)Status
 IndiaElsewhere  
R. BarbatumAP, SK, UK, WB Bhutan, China, Nepal2500-3700Predominant color: Red

Non Endemic

 

8. R. Beanianum : An Exotica from Arunachal Pradesh (NE India)

beanianum

SpeciesDistribution Altitude(m)Status
 IndiaElsewhere  

R. beanianum

AP Myanmar3000-3350Predominant color: Red

RARE

 

 

9. R. Camelliiflorum

R.Camelliiflorum

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SpeciesDistribution Altitude(m)Status
 IndiaElsewhere  

R.Camelliiflorum

AP, SK China, Nepal, Tibet2700-4000Non Endemic

 

 

10. R. Campanulatum

R.campanulatum

R.campanulatum

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SpeciesDistribution Altitude(m)Status
 IndiaElsewhere  

R.Campanulatum

AP, HP, JK, SK, UK, WBBhutan, Nepal2500-4300Predominant color: Purple

Non Endemic

 

 

11. R. Campanulatum sub-species Aeruginosum : Can Rockyfeet get me one of thse from Sikkim ??  Its lives very High altitude.

R.aeruginosum

R.aeruginosum

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SpeciesDistribution Altitude(m)Status
 IndiaElsewhere  

R.aeruginosum

SKBhutan, Nepal4500-5000Predominant color: Pink

Non Endemic

 

 

12. R. campanulatum variety wallichii

R. wallichii

R. wallichii

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SpeciesDistribution Altitude(m)Status
 IndiaElsewhere  

R. wallichii

SK , APBhutan, Nepal4000Predominant color: Pink

Non Endemic

 

 

13.  R. Campylocarpum : A Rare one from Sikkim.

R. campylocarpum

R. campylocarpum

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SpeciesDistribution Altitude(m)Status
 IndiaElsewhere  

R. campylocarpum

SK , APBhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Tibet3300-4300Predominant color: Yellow

RARE

 

 

Reference for this article came from below resources & With an urge of an avid Himalayan Trekker. No Commercial Profit or copyrights infringement intended. 

 

  1. Rhododendrons in Indian Himalayan Region: Diversity and Conservation K. Chandra Sekar , Sunil Kumar Srivastava
  2. http://www.hirsutum.info
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