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Azalea and Rhododendron


Even among the same family of  Ericaceae,  Azalea and Rhododendron is

very close.  Often their flowers are indistinguishable. (I don’t care.  🙂 )


A bit fragile branched tree is Azalea and having stiffer branches, thick leaves is

Rhododendron —– in general.


In fact, in the mountain, both Azalea and Rhododendron are quite common.

—– well,  Azalea in the grassy meadow and Rhododendron grows much higher,

even rocky ridged area of the mountain.


Even in the wild, both of them got variety of colors though, in most of

the case, one area got the same kind and the same colored flower.


So, in Japan, we climbers are proudly boasting,  has seen the special

variety of the Rhododendron in the particular mountain.


It seems, the Rhododendron has an alkaloid (poison or medicinal constituency)

 which rise a blood pressure, hence some are believing it has an Aphrodisiac effect.

In the mountain Shelter,  I observed a group of the people experimenting it and

showed the effects = feel hot and itchy on the skin and having a feeling that their

 earlobe are swollen.  (but not their part of the anatomy —– how shame)  😀  😀 


So, when I read a description in the book  “Third eyes” —— Tibetan family eat

honey pickled Rhododendron flowers. = I was very suspicious about the

authenticity of the book = then, later I discovered that the author was in fact

an English Milkman.  Whole book was just a fiction.


So, don’t make a Rhododendron Salad.


They are pretty as they looks !  (nothing more,  nothing less)

(Whole picture were taken by  Canon Fish-eye Zoom 8~15 mm F4

—– it’s a pretty useful lens ! )


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  1. bentehaarstad said, on May 18, 2014 at 16:36

    They are beautiful, but will stay out of my salad. Thanks for the information, and pictures.

    • yoshizen said, on May 18, 2014 at 17:35

      Thank you Bente.
      As it was a riot of color, I was worrying, if too strong
      color signal burnt out the image sensor. 😀

  2. elenacaravela said, on May 23, 2014 at 21:56

    Majestic blooms, all. I however would like a bloom which lowers blood pressure;)

    • yoshizen said, on May 24, 2014 at 01:45

      I know I know, but, if it was big, make it even bigger,
      push it to the limit, is my bad habit.
      Forget the middle way. 😀

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