Pyrola americana Sweet
Family: Ericaceae
American wintergreen,  more...
[Pyrola asarifolia subsp. americana Michx.,  more]
Pyrola americana image
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  
Pyrola americana image
Kurt Stüber  
Pyrola americana image