Pinxter Flowers - Rhododendron periclymenoides
Deciduous shrub with clusters of terminal, pink, tubular flowers. Flowers were close to 2 inches in size, had a 5-lobed corolla, and 5 long, curved stamens projecting beyond the corolla. Leaves were thin and oblong.
Habitat: Growing in a deciduous forest next to a pond. A very odd, remote location for this shrub.
''Rhododendron periclymenoides'', commonly called pink azalea and pinxter flower, is a species of shrub in the heath family. It is native to eastern North America, where it is widespread from Alabama to New Hampshire. It is often found in riparian areas, in wet to dry forests.