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National Flower

The hills and mountainsides of Nepal are furnished with all sorts of attractive, wild, flowering plants. Among them is the rhododendron. The rhododendron is an evergreen flowering shrub of the Ericaceae or Heath family, with clusters of bell-shaped flowers like the Azalea. There are more than thirty species of rhododendron in Nepal, with dozens of varieties in all sizes and colors. One of these species, Rhododendron arboreum (''Rose Tree" in English and and Lali Guras in the vernacular), was made the national flower of Nepal.
Lali Guras is the most famous tree rhododendron in the world. It is the tallest, attaining heights of up to 15m, it has the largest trunk, the biggest flowers and the earliest and longest span of flowering. Lali Guras has the widest coverage (from 12,00 m. to 3,600m. altitude), is distributed throughout the whole length of Nepal and is remarkably colored, with flowers in all shades of red, pink and white.

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