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Old 03-13-2010, 11:26 AM
Jim Casada Jim Casada is offline
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Flyman--I'm not a trained naturalist, just someone with a keen interest in wildflowers and a lot of "field research" (i. e., time in the woods and waters), but I'm guessing this is just a variant mountain laurel plant which has an extraordinary amoung of magenta in it. I've never seen one quite so beautiful.
By the way, along the general lines of this thread, when old-timers speak of "laurel hells" they are referring to thickets of rhododendron. Also, as someone pointed out, there are many members of the rhododendron family and there are many colors of the plants generally called rhododendrons, although I've never seen colors other than white and various shades of pink and purple.
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