Rhododendron Info - Knowledgebase Question

Port Orchard, WA
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Question by mushume
May 26, 2001
What part of the rhododendron blossom is the "calyx"?

Answer from NGA
May 26, 2001
The term "calyx" means collectively, all of the sepals in a flower. Sepals are generally green and cover the petals of a flower before the flower opens. Prior to opening, a rhododendron flower bud is quite fat and the calyx is easy to see. When the flower bud opens, you will find several individual blooms, all connected to a soft "stem". This group of flowers is called a "truss". The calyx will not be as evident in an opened rhododendron bloom as it would be in a simpler flower such as a rose. Hope this clarifies things for you!

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