Glandular Labrador-tea - Ledum glandulosum
Ledum groenlandicum ssp. glandulosum, Rhododendron columbianum
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Stems erect-ascending, sparingly branched, to 120 cm; floral buds terminal, globose; foliage buds lateral, ovoid, closely crowded beneath the larger floral bud. Leaves alternate, petiolate, leathery; to ca. 15 mm long, elliptic to obovate, entire, dark green above, whitish, yellow glandular-dotted below. Inflorescence a crowded, umbel-like raceme of many flowers borne from the distal floral bud of last year’s stem, pedicels to 2 cm long. Flowers hypogynous, 5-merous; sepals, white, glandular, nearly separate; corolla dish-shaped; petals separate, white, oblong; stamens 10; ovary superior. Fruit an ovoid, 5-chambered capsule (Stickney in Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Our plants are variety glandulosum
The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this plant species or its genus where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus vagans
and Bombus ternarius
(Colla and Dumesh 2010).