GardenDrumNew Rhododendron discovered in Arunachal Pradesh

Botanical researchers have confirmed the discovery of a new species, Rhododendron mechukae, in India’s remote Mechukha valley, close to the Chinese border.

Rhododendron mechukae A.A.Mao & A.Paul (Ericaceae) grows in temperate forest above 2400m and is already classed as ‘critically endangered’ as it only occurs on a few hillsides that are under threat from timber cutting. It grows 5-10 metres tall and has stiff, waxy leaves and pink flowers from February to March.

The new species of rhododendron is described in the latest Edinburgh Journal of Botany.

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