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, oblong, shiny, blade usually longer than the stalk, nearly basal
Flowers: white, 5-parted, stalked, 1/4"-1/3" long, petals often with green veins, sepals triangular and about the same or slightly wider than long, styles protruding; inflorescence on a long stalk often with more than 10 flowers per cluster; blooms June-Aug.
Fruits: capsule opening from the bottom upward
Habitat: dry; woods, forests
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 6 USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"