Rhodendron lepidotum - Brass (Click to enlarge)

Rhodendron lepidotum – Brass (Click to enlarge)

Local name Brass
Botanical name Rhododendron lepidotum
Family Ericaceae
Description It is an erect or ascending, branched, aromatic, more or less scaly-glandular shrubs, commonly found at an altitude of 2600-4200m. The leaves of this species are oblong to obovate in shape with silvery-scaly upper surface and brown – scaly lower surface. Flowers are pink purple.
Distribution It is frequently found on the slopes and glacial mountains in Sainj valley.
Flowers & Fruits July-September
Uses It is also used as an alternative of tea, twigs are used as fuel wood by alpine visitors.