Rhododendron austrinum (Small) Rheder - Florida Flame Azalea
Family - Ericaceae
Flowering - March - May.
Habitat - Hammocks, low woods, floodplain forests.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This very attractive species can be found in just a handful of southern Alabama counties. The plant can be identified by its bright orange-yellow flowers. The tube of the corolla is typically glandular pubescent. This is a fairly uncommon species over its range and is considered endangered in Florida.
Photographs taken off India Rd, Opelika, AL., 4-16-05.