Can anyone tell me what this is?

kat2451July 24, 2013

Can anyone tell me what this is? I can't seem to ID it. Thanks!

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mdahms1979

Your plant is a Wintergreen from the genus Pyrola. It might be Pyrola picta.

Mike

    Bookmark   July 24, 2013 at 9:19PM
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esh_ga

Here in the US we call it Chimaphila maculata.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2013 at 10:16PM
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mdahms1979

Ah yes, similar to Pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata) which we see often in the Boreal Forest region. I wonder if this plant mainly has a more Southern distroubution?

Does anyone know what distinguioshes members of the genus Pyrola from the genus Chimaphila?

Mike

Here is a link that might be useful: Chimaphila maculata

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 4:10PM
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nonmember_gw

The upright pods on Chamaphila vs. drooping on Pyrola are one apparently consistent difference.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 7:03PM
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lycopus(z5 NY)

Also the petals of Pyrola tend to be free to the base and in Chimaphila they are usually fused (connate) at the base. The leaves are all basal in most Pyrola while Chimaphila has leafy stems. And Pyrola are herbaceous and Chimaphila can be considered subshrubs because the stem is woody at the base.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 7:38PM
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mdahms1979

Please forgive the spelling in my earlier post, must have been in a rush.

Thank you both for the detailed responses.

Mike

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 8:55PM
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