American wintergreen, round-leaved shin-leaf
[Pyrola asarifolia subsp. americana Michx., more...]
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
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 8, Wetland Indicator = FAC- 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"