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Rhododendron luteum

Κίτρινο Ροδόδεντρο, στην Ελλάδα βρίσκεται μόνο σε δυο τρεις θέσεις στη Λέσβο (Παράκοιλα, Ανεμότια, Φτερούντα) όπου το λένε Αγούιδουρα

(Το Ροδόδενδρον του Διοσκουρίδη είναι η πικροδάφνη (ροδοδάφνη, νήριον))

 

Rhododendron luteum, (> greek rhodon ρόδον = rose and dendron δένδρον = tree)

Yellow Azalea or Honeysuckle Azalea is a species of Rhododendron native to southeastern Europe and southwest Asia.

It is a shrub growing to 3 m tall, rarely 4 m. The leaves are deciduous, 5-10 cm long and 2-4 cm broad. The flowers are 3-4 cm diameter, bright yellow, and strongly perfumed, produced in trusses of 5-25 together. The fruit is a dry capsule 15-25 mm long, containing numerous small seeds.

Despite the sweet perfume of the flowers, the nectar is toxic, containing grayanotoxin; records of poisoning of people eating the honey date back to the 4th century BC in Classical Greece. -Wiki

 

There are two american species of the genus Rhododendron known as Rhodora.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in his poem, Rhodora: on being asked, whence is the flower ?

 

Rhodora ! if the sages ask thee why

This charm is wasted on the earth and sky

Tell them, dear, that if eyes were made for seeing,

Then Beauty is its own excuse for being.

 

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Taken on May 14, 2011