Rhododendron Rosebay
Rhododendron lapponicum

Family: Ericaceae

Preferred Habitat: moist, rich soil, found naturally in such places as decaying debris piles

Range: the alpine regions of the White Mountains

Height: up to 3 meters (10 feet)

Leaves: simple, alternate, leaves pitted above, with many small brown scales beneath, narrow to wide elliptic, somewhat wrinkled and leathery above, 1-3 cm in length

Flowers: purple attractive flowers, 1.5-2 cm in diameter

Fruit: small, dry capsules on upright stalks

Location spotted: Outside Linsey Pool of Brandeis University

Extra information: Of the roughly 600 species of Rhododendrons, this species is probably the only one native to North-West Europe