H: Friday, October 07, 2011

Rhododendron "alabamense not" is a Tetraploid

A plant labeled Rhododendron alabamense has been determined to be a tetraploid using flow cytometry by

Dr. João Loureiro, Dr. Silvia Castro, José Cerca Oliveira, and Mariana Castro
Plant Ecology and Evolution Group,
Centre for Functional Ecology,
Department of Life Sciences,
Faculty of Science and Technology,
University of Coimbra, Portugal.

The ploidy test indicates this plant may instead be Rhododendron colemanii.

Summary of Ploidy Levels

Diploid Rhododendron alabamense,
Tetraploid Rhododendron colemanii,
Tetraploid Rhododendron "alabamense not"

Source: Rarefind Nursery

John and Sally Perkins
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