Shrubs of Mount Holyokeby Karen Searcy
Taxonomy
Ericaceae
Kalmia latifolia (Mountain-laurel)
Flower colorwhite/pink
Number of petals5
Petal statefused
Leaf persistenceevergreen
Leaf arrangementalternate
Leaf groupingsimple
Leaf marginentire
Leaf/leaflet shapeelliptic
Fruit typedry
Fruit colorbrown
Flowering datesearly-mid June
Fruiting datesAugust
HabitatDry to moist woods
LocalityNotch Visitor's Center.
DescriptionEvergreen shrub to 15 feet tall, with thick, shiny leaves that are a pale yellow-green on the lower surface. The white to pale pink flowers are about ? inch across and dish-shaped. The anthers are tucked into small pockets on the petals and spring out when touched. The developing fruit are covered with glandular hairs and persist all winter.
CommentThe best flowering is seen where the woods are relatively open.
Habit photoKBS
Habit photo 2KBS
Flower photoPW
Flower photo 2PW
Fruit photoKBS
Leaf photoKBS