Monday, April 25, 2016

Rhododendron columbianum (Western Labrador Tea)

 7/4/16 Seep off Rock Creek Road, Inyo National Forest,
Eastern Sierra, Mono County, CA

7/4/16 Seep off Rock Creek Road

7/1/05 South Lake, Inyo National Forest, Eastern Sierra, Inyo County, CA


COMMON NAME: Western Labrador Tea

SPECIES: Rhododendron columbianum 

FAMILY: Ericaceae (Heath Family)


LOCATION: South Lake, Inyo National Forest, Eastern Sierra, Inyo County, CA


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993) (Ledum glandulosum):

Stem generally erect, < 1.5 m; bark smooth; twigs puberulent to glandular

Leaf 1–3.5 cm, oblong to elliptic; margin not or ± rolled under; lower surface finely hairy, with sessile, flat glands

Flower cream-yellow to whitish

Ecology: Common. Boggy areas

Elevation: < 3600 m.  

Bioregional distribution: North Coast, Klamath Ranges, s Outer North Coast Ranges, High Cascade Range, High Sierra Nevada, Central Coast, San Francisco Bay Area, n Inner South Coast Ranges, East of Sierra Nevada 

Distribution outside California: to w Canada, Colorado

Flowering time: Jun–Aug

Horticultural information: WET or IRR, DRN: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 17 &SHD: 7, 14, 15, 16; acidic soil; CVS.

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