Pyrola chlorantha (Greenish-Flowered Wintergreen) - photos and description








General: Plants with a single scape rising from a basal rosette of leaves. Stems and petioles are reddish. Plants glabrous.

Flowers: Grow in a cylindric raceme, the flowers are mostly white with a tinge of green. The styles are curved and protrude out of the corolla. Flowers measured at 10 mm in diameter and 6 mm long. We observed the number of flowers varying from 3 to 10.

Leaves: Leaves are basal, orbicular. We measured a leaf blade at 2 cm long and wide. Leaf blades shorter than the petioles.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 20 cm, we measured plants to 22 cm tall.

Habitat: Moist coniferous forest.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

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

How to identify this species: Flowers white, leaf petioles are as long or longer than the leaf blades.

When and where photographed: Photos taken in mossy spruce woods, June 17th and 24th, Nisbet Provincial Forest, about 400 km north of our home in Regina, SK.