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Last updated 1/22/2010 by David Giblin.
Kalmia procumbens (L.) Gift & Kron[FNA8, HC2]
alpine azalea, trailing azalea

Publication: Nordic J. Bot. 26: 47. 2008.

Origin: Native

selected vouchers: WTU

Notes: FNA8: "Kalmia procumbens is the only species of the genus that is not endemic to North America. An attractive dwarf shrub, it is sometimes cultivated in rock gardens.

The inclusion here of Kalmia procumbens and K. buxifolia, traditionally treated as the monotypic genera Loiseleuria and Leiophyllum, is in keeping with the results of recent morphological and molecular phylogenetic studies. P. F. Stevens et al. (2004) also included Leiophyllum and Loiseleuria within an expanded Kalmia. These two species have evolved deeply cleft corollas with nearly separate petals, and thus lost the characteristic pockets of Kalmia; otherwise they are typical for the genus."

References: (none)

Synonyms & Misapplied Names:
Azalea procumbens L.
Chamaecistus procumbens (L.) Kuntze
Loiseleuria procumbens (L.) Desv.[HC]