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General Rhododendron Thickets and Balds
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Habitat Overview Dense and extensive thickets composed of Rhododendrons are conspicuous features of acidic coves in the mountains, where they are commonly referred to as "Rhododendron Hells". Rhododendrons also grow out in the open on high elevation heath balds. A few relict populations -- survivors from a wider Ice-Age distribution -- also cling to a few steep, north-facing slopes in the Piedmont.

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Defining Species
Taxa Global RankState RankImperilment Score
Cardellina canadensis - Canada Warbler G5S41.00
Graphocephala fennahi - Rhododendron Leafhopper
Lyonetia latistrigella - Rhododendron Leaf Miner GNRSH5.39
Synanthedon rhododendri - Rhododendron Borer Moth GNRSU1.49
Rhododendron carolinianum - Carolina Rhododendron G4S31.75
Rhododendron catawbiense - Catawba Rhododendron G5S51.00
Rhododendron cumberlandense - Cumberland Azalea G4S16.33
Rhododendron maximum - Rosebay Rhododendron G5S51.00
Rhododendron minus - Piedmont Rhododendron G4S41.00
Rhododendron pilosum - Minniebush G4G5S41.00
Rhododendron vaseyi - Pinkshell Azalea G3S37.80
Sylvilagus obscurus - Appalachian Cottontail G4S31.75
Sum: 29.51
Average of 11: 2.68

(Rhododendron species/Graphocephala fennahi-Lyonetia latistrigella-Synanthedon rhododendri)
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Updated on 2020-01-10 19:40:13

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