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Ericaceae: Rhododendron canadense


Rhodora is an early flowering deciduous shrub with rose-purple flowers, that have three lobes in the upper part and a lower lip that is divided into 2 narrow petals. Flowers bloom before leafing occurs. Leaves are light green and broadly oval. They are highly toxic. Flowering time is early May to June. These shrubs are common in sphagnum bogs, swamps, barrens and wet slopes. The white form albiflorum is rare. Rhodora occurs in eastern North America from Newfoundland to Quebec and south to New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In Ontario and New Jersey it is critically imperiled but secure in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.


Rhodora are mostly found in these kind of places sphagnum bogs, swamps, barrens and wet slopes.


I found this wild shrub (Rhodora) while walking in a trail behind my house

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Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Lat: 46.12, Long: -66.20

Spotted on May 30, 2013
Submitted on May 30, 2013

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