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Rhododendron ludwigianum

Rhododendron ludwigianum (Doi Inthanon, TH)
Rhododendron ludwigianum (Doi Inthanon, TH)

This beautiful plant is a Thailand endemic (only found there) which occurs towards the top of mountains, such as Doi Inthanon and Doi Chiang Dao, in northern Thailand.  The plant was first described in western scientific literature by a German botanist called Dr. Carl Curt Hosseus, who led an expedition to northern Siam, as Thailand was then called, in 1904-1906 (1).  I took these photographs near the top of Doi Inthanon in early February this year (2014).

Rhododendron ludwigianum (Doi Inthanon, TH)
Rhododendron ludwigianum (Doi Inthanon, TH)

 

1) THROUGH KING CHULALONGKORN’S KINGDOM (1904-1906): The First Botanical Exploration of Northern Thailand by Hosseus, Carl Curt.

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I am a retired entomologist with a background in quarantine pests and invasive invertebrates. I studied zoology at Imperial College (University of London) and did a PhD on the population dynamics of a cereal aphid (Metopolophium dirhodum) in the UK. I spent 5 years with the British Antarctic Survey studing cold hardiness of Antarctic invertebates and 17 years with the Food and Environment Research Agency. My main interests now are natural history, photography, painting and bird watching.

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