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, 2"-6" tall forb
Leaves: 1"- 1 1/2" long, elliptical to roundish, dull, nearly basal
Flowers: white, 5-parted, stalked, 1/5" long, sepals triangular and about the same or slightly wider than long; straight styles not protruding; inflorescence a long-stalked, loose cluster of more than 10 nodding flowers
Fruits: capsule opening from the bottom upward
Habitat: moist; tamarack swamps
Conservation Status: Endangered
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 10, Wetland Indicator = FAC+ WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources: Rare Species Guide; description, conservation, photos, maps, etc. Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"