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Pyrola minor
Pyrola minor (Small Wintergreen)
Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Montane, subalpine. Woodlands. Summer.
Bridal Veil Creek Trail, July 30, 2010.

These delicate woodland plants grow a flower stem from three-to-ten inches tall surmounting the oval-to-round, green basal leaves.  Although the plants have a broad distribution, they are not often noticed because of their slender nature and their habit of growing in the shade.

Both this genus and species were named by Linnaeus in 1753 from European specimens.  This species is circumboreal.

Pyrola minor

Pyrola rotundifolia

Pyrola minor (Small Wintergreen)
Ericaceae (Heath Family)
 

Montane, subalpine. Woodlands. Summer.
Bridal Veil Creek Trail, July 30, 2010.

Our other Pyrolas have curved styles visible below the petals.  Pyrola minor has a very short, straight style (barely visible in the shining white flower at upper right in the top photograph and visible below most developing seed capsules in the lower photograph).

Pyrola minor

Pyrola minor (Small Wintergreen)
Ericaceae (Heath Family)
 

Montane, subalpine. Woodlands. Summer.
Kilpacker Trail, July 10, 2012.

Plants have attractive basal leaves and grow in small colonies.

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

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Pyrola minor

Range map for Pyrola minor

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