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Maha Rathmal. (Rhododendron zeylanicum)

Thursday, 21 February 2008 - 6:38 AM SL Time

Rhododendron arboreum Sm. subsp. zeylanicum

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Rhododendron
Species: zeylanicum

R. arboreum ssp. zeylanicum reaches about 10 m in the wild, with distinctive spiral bark markings, and dark green bullate leaves with a thick brown indumentum. Its flowers are normally blood red, although there are pink forms, borne in October and November. It is native to Sri Lanka and Manipur in Assam.

All the so-called `tree` rhododendrons are forest dwellers growing at altitudes of between 2,500 and 3,000 m or more. Some species grow in dense, tangled forests where they are virtually the sole species. Others dominate the understorey beneath a canopy of taller evergreen or deciduous trees, through which frosts rarely penetrate.

Early introductions of rhododendrons were the result of plant hunting expeditions funded by the new wealth of the industrial revolution, competing fiercely with each other to fill their conservatories with exotic horticultural curiosities. This emerging wealthy class could afford estates of the scale necessary to accommodate species impractical for the smaller suburban garden, so size was no limit. As a result, many of the hybrids bred from these earlier introductions tended also to be impractically large.

With the turn of the twentieth century and the rise of the middle classes, home gardening became more popular, and the thrust turned to the breeding of compact plants with showy, colourful flowers. This trend was spurred on by the discovery of low-growing species .

In 1832, R. zeylanicum (a subspecies of R. arboreum) came into England from Ceylon.


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LK Information  21 Feb 2008 02:33:46 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Hey Kankun Nangi
I just don't understand this article..May be this is too much for a simple man to understand..

Pls put something simple in the future so that i can read nangi lolz
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LK Information  21 Feb 2008 02:49:13 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Pretty Flower gal :))
Take pic. of the show, want see your creativity :)
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Berty Ayya,

Pls put something simple in the future so that i can read nangi lolz

I thought at least you can understand word :):)


Thanks. Doing classification for them not creating in March show.

Edited By - kankun - 21 Feb 2008 03:16:28 GMT
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You are the one who wrote about how'sexy plants can be:))
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Aani Pani,

how'sexy plants can be:))

Will find sexy plants for you one of these days..:):)
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