Pyrola americana Sweet  
Family: Ericaceae
American wintergreen, round-leaved shin-leaf
[Pyrola asarifolia subsp. americana Michx., Pyrola obovata Bertol., Pyrola rotundifolia subsp. americana L., Pyrola rotundifolia var. americana L.]
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Etymology: Pyrola: pear-like, from the Latin diminutive of Pyrus, meaning "pear," for the pear-like leaf shape, and a genus commonly called shinleaf or wintergreen
Plants: erect, perennial, 6"-12" tall forb
Leaves: 1"-2 3/4" long, mostly widely elliptical to roundish, firm, shiny, nearly basal
Flowers: white, 5-parted, stalked, 1/3" long, sepals oblong and nearly twice as long as wide; inflorescence a long-stalked cluster of nodding flowers often with 1 or 2 scale-like leaves; blooms July-Aug.
Fruits: capsule opening from the bottom upward
Habitat: moist to dry; woods, bogs
Conservation Status: Native
Pyrola americana image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Pyrola americana image
Kenneth J. Sytsma  
Pyrola americana image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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Kurt Stüber  
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