Rhododendron ×pulchrum Sweet, Brit. Fl. Gard. 2: , pl. 117 1831. (Syn: (=) Azalea indica var. calycina Lindl.; =) Rhododendron indicum var. phoeniceum Sweet; (=) Rhododendron maxwellii Millais; (=) Rhododendron omurasaki Makino; (=) Rhododendron phoeniceum (Sweet) G. Don; (=) Rhododendron phoeniceum var. calycinum (Lindl.) E. H. Wilson; (=) Rhododendron ×pulchrum var. calycinum (Lindl.) Rehder; (=) Rhododendron ×pulchrum var. maxwellii Rehder; (=) Rhododendron ×pulchrum var. phoeniceum (Sweet) Rehder); 
 


 

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Garden plant for id 310111MK2: Please help to id this garden plant taken at Bryants park, Kodaikanal.

Date/Time- 06-11-2010 / 11:00 AM
Location- Place, Altitude, GPca.2200asl; Kodaikanal, TN
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- Botanical garden
Plant Habit-shrub
Height/Length- ca. 2 m
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- c. 5 x 2 cm
Inflorescence Type/ Size- terminal;
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- ca. 5cm across 


– This is Rhododendron pulchrum, native of China, commonly called Pink Azalea (Family: Ericaceae). The flowers show beautiful dark pink specks and the flower can be eaten, and it is slightly sour.
check the following link for clarification :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azalea
http://mjcylz.blog.163.com/blog/static/116457354201012404149998/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/9398001@N08/2406470725/


– This i got to found as Rhododendron indicum (L.) Sweet from http://tropicos.org/Name/50060753 and other websites.  Syn. of Rhododendron pulchrum. This shrub is native of East-asiatic regions. Am I right?


– You missed it partly According to Tripicos.org link indicated by you Rhododendron pulchrum is synonym of R. indicum var. pulchrum and not simply R. indicum.


According to Kew Plant list R. pulchrum (syn: R. indicum var. pulchrum) is an accepted name and not a synonym


  
 
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