Rhododendron indicum

Rhododendron indicum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Subfamily: Ericoideae
Genus: Rhododendron
Subgenus: Azaleastrum
Section: Tsutsusi
Subsection: Tsutsusi
Species: R. indicum
Binomial name
Rhododendron indicum
(L.) Sweet[1]
  • Azalea indica L.[3]
  • Rhododendron obtusum (Lindl.) Planch.

Rhododendron indicum is an Azalea Rhododendron species native to Japan (S & W Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, Yakushima).[4] It is the type species for the Tsutsusi section and subsection, and was the original Tsutsusi described by Engelbert Kaempfer in Japan in 1712,[5] from the Japanese name Kirishima-tsutsuji.


Cultivars include the Satsuki azaleas.


  1. Brit. Fl. Gard. 5: t. 128 1831.
  2. The Plant List: Rhododendron indicum
  3. Sp. P1.: 150. 1 May 1753
  4. American Rhododendron Society: Description of Rhododendron indicum
  5. "Tsutsusi" in Kaempfer, Amoen. Exot. Fasc.: t. 846. 1712


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