Is there such a thing as Kalmia x Rhododendron?
Grant, M.L., Toomey, N.H. and Culham, A. (2004) Is there such a thing as Kalmia x Rhododendron? Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science, 129 (4). pp. 517-522. ISSN 0003-1062
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Two putative hybrids between Kalmia and Rhododendron, their suspected progenitor species and related taxa were submitted to DNA sequencing of cpDNA trnL-F and nrDNA ITS regions in order to test whether there was DNA sequence evidence both for hybridization per se and for the direction of the cross should one be evident. Comparison of eight DNA sequences from these putative hybrids with Rhododendron and Kalmia species showed clear evidence of origin within Rhododendron. No evidence of Kalmia DNA was detected. These putative intergeneric hybrids appear to be mutants of Rhododendron and not of hybrid origin.