AZALEA

Group Members: Mary Laiza, Helen, Tiana.


Plant species: Rhododendron
Plant family: Ericaceae
Common name: Azalea
Distribution: Native to several continents, including Asia, Europe & North America.
Habit: Garden plant. Grows best in well-drained acidic soil (pH 4.5-6.0)
Inflorescence: Panicle
Floret: Rotate
Flowers: Medium, pink with dark pink pattern

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Azalea with many flowers in spring.
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Inflorescence


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Drawing of Azalea


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Size of a Azalea flower
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Ovule of Azalea


Pollination and Fertilisation
Fertilisation between the gametes of Azalea flowers must occur for them to develop into mature seeds and this occurs through pollination. Azaleas have a bright pattern on their petals and this acts as a landing pad for pollinators such as insects.

Floral Morphology
Calipers were used to measure the various parts of Azalea.
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Variability of Floral Morphology

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White Azalea
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Dark Pink Azalea


Pollen Morphology

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Pollen under backlight (40x)


Nectar Characterisation
No nectar present as Azalea is a highly cultivated and common garden plant.