oleander /rhododrendon

Discussion in 'Plants: Nomenclature and Taxonomy' started by alex66, Dec 16, 2007.

  1. alex66

    alex66 Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    last summer after i see flower of nerium oleander ,after see flower of rhododendron this winter i see leaves ,and after many days of osservation ,i have one question are this plants parent ? or have similar leaves and similar flowers?
    pics 1&2 oleander 3&4 rhodro
     

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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    No connection except similar variegation. Notice that the oleander has leaves running up and down the stems, whereas with the rhododendron they are mostly bunched near the ends. Also see how the rhododendron sets large overwintering flower buds at the ends of the stems, and the oleander does not. Snip a shoot of one and hold it up next to the other to see other anatomical differences.
     
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    alex66 Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    grazie Ron and happy new year!
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Same to you.
     

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