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Pontic Rhododendron

Rhododendron ponticum L.

Family: Ericaceae

Name justification:
The name of the genus stems from Greek; it was Latinized later, and was used to designate oleanders, roses and probably a species from this genus, which has grown wild around the Black Sea. In this language it means literally 'arboreal rosebush'.
The specific adjective refers to its origin, the area denominated by Romans as Ponto Euxino.

Common name: Pontic Rhododendron
Description: Shrub
Leaf: Evergreen Broad Entire

Origin and distribution:
They can be found along the coastline of the Caspian Sea, on the mountains of Syria and in humid and hot places of Cadiz and some points of the South of Portugal. It has grown wild in Great Britain, Ireland, France, etc. from ornamental cultivations. In Ireland it is an aggressive invader. It is cultivated in Galicia, region in which wild populations have not been reported yet.

Location in the garden:
Their flower colour variations (sometimes they can even be whitish), and their different types of leaf are very frequent. Most specimens are found in a threshing floor located at the southern beginning of the 'Ferradura' walk and around the Oval pond. There are four specimens at the corners of the gardened square in front of the Institute San Clemente. There are also other specimens more dispersed in the 'Alameda' Park.


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