Orthilia secunda (One-Sided Wintergreen) - photos and description

Orthilia secunda
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Orthilia secunda

Orthilia secunda

Orthilia secunda

General: Small woodland perennial with a single stem arising from a rosette of leaves. Plant glabrous.

Flowers: Small, whitish-green flowers grow in secund racemes, the styles are straight and protrude out of the flower. I measured a flower on the above plant at 9 mm long.

Leaves: Leaves are ovate to oblong, serrulate, basal, the blades longer than the petioles. We measured leaf blades at 3.5 cm long and 18 mm wide.

Height: Height is listed in Budd's Flora to 20 cm, the above plant was 10 cm tall.

Habitat: Moist coniferous forest.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

Synonym: Listed in some of the field guides we use as Pyrola secunda.

When and where photographed: The above photos were taken June 29th in mossy, wet spruce woods, Nisbet Provincial Forest, 400 km north of our home in Regina, SK.