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Rhododendron aureum, L
From greek: rose tree; aureum means golden
German: Gichtrose, Sibirische Alpenrose
English: Sibirian Rhododendron, Yellow Rhod.
Leaves and flower buds gathered when the latter are well developed but not opened.
Plantae; Spermatophyta, Angiospermae - Flowering Plants; Dicotyledonae; Cornidae; Ericales; Ericaceae - Heath Family
Proved and introduced by Seide in 1831; Allen Encyclop. mat. Med., Vol. VIII, 311; hering: Guiding Symptoms, Vol. IX, 35.
Description of the substance
Rhododendron aureum is an elepidote species of the Ponticum subsection. It is a small compact or prostrate shrub first described by Georgi in 1775. It has a wide distribution from the Altai mountains in West Siberia to the mountains of Northern China, Kamtschatka, Sakhalin, and Kurile Islands, Korea and northern Japan at elevations of 5000-9000 feet.
The specific name aureum mean golden and refers to the cream to yellow flowers. In older references you may see the obsolete name chrysanthum used. The flowers are 5-lobed widely funnel shaped 1-1 ½ inches long. The 3-8 flowered inflorescence is in proportion to the overall dwarf size of the plant and leaves. The leathery glabrous leaves 1-4 inches long are variable in size even on the same plant. Leaves are held at least 3 years as are the leaf scales or perulae. The internodes are very short. A mature plant can reach as high as 2 feet in 10 years or be as prostrate as 4 inches.
Recent genetic investigations have caused an ongoing realignment of species and groups within the genus, and also have caused the old genus Ledum to be reclassified within subgenus Rhododendron. Further realignment within the subgenera is currently proposed