The following was received via email: Rhododendron species have both male and female parts on the same plant and are self-fertile making them hermaphrodites. Correct? Some plants only reproduce vegetatively. Is this called eukaryotic and could you give me an example or two of these type of plants. Do hermaphrodites and eukaryotes belong to the same plant order; this is crucial. And this is why: Greer, Galle and others continue to list R.'Balsaminiflora' (several different spellings occur) as a form of R.indicum. To me, a sterile Rhododendron is not a species as it cannot participate in the normal reproductive cycle, normal as it applies to rhodies. 'Balsaminiflora' might be a hybrid of garden origin, I doubt anyone knows for sure. So, should a sterile plant be listed as a species rhody? I would greatly appreciate your thoughts on this, I have started a thread on the Yahoo Rhodo Group by inviting definitions of 'species' in which Harold Greer deferred the answer to the Coxes.