The Red List of Rhododendrons


5 August 2021




In 2011, The Red List of Rhododendrons was published. This research produced conservation assessments for Rhododendron species and showed that approximately a quarter (316) of the 1157 species are under threat in the wild and require conservation action. Rhododendrons are popular horticultural plants are also valued for their medicinal properties, and in some communities they are used for firewood, timber, teas, honey, wine, jams, narcotics, etc, and also as sources of insecticides. In the wild, they are mainly associated with centres of diversity in the Himalayas and in South East Asia, where they form important components of montane ecosystems.

The Red List of Rhododendrons