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Azalea and Rhododendron

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

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

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

Rhododendron —– in general.

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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.

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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.

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

variety of the Rhododendron in the particular mountain.

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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)  😀  😀 

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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.

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So, don’t make a Rhododendron Salad.

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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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