Rhododendron ponticum

     Rhododendron ponticum, commonly referred to simply as Rhododendron, is an evergreen shrub with beautiful purple or pink flowers. However, its beauty may be deceiving. Rhododendron ponticum has the ability to produce toxic chemicals making it a poisonous plant.


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     First, this site will walk through the classification of Rhododendron ponticum including three cladistic phylogenetic trees. It then moves into the habitat of the plant and how it has adapted in order to thrive in its various locations. The adaptation and ability to produce toxic chemicals is also looked at in greater detail. How and where the plant’s energy comes from is also talked about followed by the details of reproduction and the alteration of generations. Interactions between Rhododendron ponticum and other organisms are explained as well as additional facts. This site then closes with references for readers who wish to search even further and photographs in the gallery.

     Welcome to my site on Rhododendron ponticum! My name is Ellen Arndt and I am a student at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. I am creating this site as part of my Organismal Biology class during the spring of 2013, and I last updated it April 19, 2013. This site as well as my classmates' and previous students' sites are all a part of MultipleOrganisms.net. To read more, please visit my About Me page. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to e-mail me at arndt.elle@uwlax.edu.

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Classification of Rhododendron ponticum