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Location: western Massachusetts

Beautiful flowers around this time of year (May).

Rhododendron (large)

A close-up before flowering.

Pre flowering (large)

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Yes, that's a rhododendron. Yup.

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  • Thanks. I feel kind of silly to have to ask about this one. – Roc W. May 30 at 1:11
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    You could add the main characteristics that made your recognize it though. – Bence Kaulics May 30 at 11:23
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    @BenceKaulics "Rhododendron are characterised by having inflorescences with scarious (dry) perulae, a chromosome number of x=13, fruit that has a septicidal capsule, an ovary that is superior (or nearly so), stamens that have no appendages, and agglutinate (clumped) pollen." (Wikipedia). Alternatively, "I know what a rhododendron looks like and that is obviously what it is." Do either of these tell you anything useful? :) – alephzero May 30 at 12:56
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    @alephzero Given how different plants can look quite similar to untrained eyes, I found answers like this one very helpful. Wikipedia is good, but I'm often still confused after reading its overly complete and academic descriptions. It's perhaps more useful to an expert. – Roc W. May 30 at 13:16
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    The "false wilting" of the leaves indicates rhododendron also. The leaves look slightly wilted, regardless of watering. – Polypipe Wrangler May 31 at 5:40

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