Rhododendrons: Identification troubles

Discussion in 'Ericaceae (rhododendrons, arbutus, etc.)' started by Herman56, Aug 25, 2009.

  1. Herman56

    Herman56 Member

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    Last week I visited the UBC Botanical Garden in Vancouver.
    I was impressed by the numerous rhododendron species.
    Took some pictures, but when I came home (in the Netherlands) I got a surprise:

    I made photos of Rh. erubescens....and also photos of Rh. Oreodoxa var. fargesii.
    Both name-tags occur in the Asia-Garden.
    Most of the sources I can find (f.i. James Cullen), tell me that erbubescens is a synonym for the oreodoxa.

    And I must say, the plants do not look very similar:

    see http://www.hirsutum.info/rhododendron-species/species-O/Oreodoxa-var-fargesii/index.html

    for photos, name-tags and so on.
    Who am I to believe now?



    Herman van Ree
    Nunspeet, Netherlands
     
  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Maybe if you send this to UBC staff directly, via contact information provided elsewhere here on the UBCBG web site you will get a response from them. Otherwise one of the moderators will probably have to forward your query to them. It may be going unnoticed by the right party here.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I've finally read this (sorry for being away) -- I've forwarded this thread to a couple staff members who may be able to help.
     
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    Bill Active Member 10 Years

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    The names are synonymous, but one or the other plant at the garden may be mislabelled (your picture didn't show).
     
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