Gaultheria codonantha Airy Shaw

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Gaultheria codonantha' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/gaultheria/gaultheria-codonantha/). Accessed 2020-06-04.

Genus

Glossary

corolla
The inner whorl of the perianth. Composed of free or united petals often showy.
acuminate
Narrowing gradually to a point.
alternate
Attached singly along the axis not in pairs or whorls.
axillary
Situated in an axil.
cordate
Heart-shaped (i.e. with two equal lobes at the base).
distichous
Arranged in two vertical ranks.
glabrous
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
lanceolate
Lance-shaped; broadest in middle tapering to point.
midrib
midveinCentral and principal vein in a leaf.
ovate
Egg-shaped; broadest towards the stem.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Gaultheria codonantha' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/gaultheria/gaultheria-codonantha/). Accessed 2020-06-04.

A large, bushy, evergreen shrub up to 8 ft high, with long graceful shoots, bristly when young. Leaves alternate, distichous, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, cordate at the base, from 212 to 7 in. long, 1 to 5 in. wide, with two thin marginal veins and two stouter ones running out with the midrib to the point; beautifully net-veined between and covered with short brown hairs beneath; stalk very short. Flowers in very short-stalked axillary clusters; pedicels with two bracteoles at the base. Corolla white, often banded with red when fully open, cup-shaped, 34 in. across, glabrous within; filaments glabrous. Fruits purplish black, 34 in. wide. Bot. Mag., t. 9456.

Native of the Assam Himalaya; found by Kingdon Ward in the Delei Valley in 1928 at 5,000 to 7,000 ft and introduced by him under his number 8024. It flowered at Exbury in November 1933 and was given an Award of Merit when shown at Vincent Square the same month. A very striking and handsome shrub, which is only hardy in the mildest counties. The flowers are unusually large for the genus.


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