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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Rhododendron (rhododendrons, azaleas)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Order: Ericales > Family: Ericaceae

Over 1000 species, native to the Northern Hemisphere, extending south to southeastern Asia and Australasia. Nine species are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Rhododendron arboreum (Tree rosebay)

Native from India to China.


Rhododendron barbatum (Bearded rosebay)

Native to India.


Rhododendron indicum

Native to Japan.


Rhododendron johnstoneanum

Native to India.


Rhododendron laetum

Native to New Guinea.


Rhododendron micranthum

Native to China and Korea.


Rhododendron molle

Native to China.


Rhododendron mucronatum

Native to China.


Rhododendron simsii

Native from Burma to Taiwan.