Rhododendron minus var. chapmanii
Synonym(s): Rhododendron chapmanii
Endemic to Florida
Endangered Florida species
U.S. Endangered species
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A rare shrub of wet flatwoods, along the edges of shrub bogs or bays and between branch bays and pine ridges from Gulf to Leon Counties in the central panhandle and in Clay County in northeast Florida. The chapmanii subspecies does not occur outside of the state.
Growing to about 3 m (~10 ft.) tall and rather inconspicuous when not in bloom, this shrub has alternate, simple, entire, elliptic leaves up to 10 cm (4 in.) long. The leaves are thick and leathery, the uppersides are dark green with small dark spots above and the lower surfaces are dotted with rust-colored scales. The short petioles are usually less than 6mm (1/4 in.) long.
Flowers are typically pink, ranging from nearly white to rose-pink, with ten stamens. Five frilly petals flare out from a tubular base. The flowers bloom in showy clusters during the spring prior to new growth. The fruit is a cylindric capsule from 0.5-1.5 cm (0.2-0.6 in.) long.
Rhododendron minus is a member of the Ericaceae - Heath family.
Other species of the Rhododendron genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
Rhododendron canescens - SWEET PINXTER AZALEA
Rhododendron indicum - INDICA AZALEA 'Mrs. G.G. Gerbing'
Date record last modified: Aug 07, 2016