Pyrola species

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Scientific Name Pyrola chlorantha USDA PLANTS Symbol PYCH
Common Name Green-flowered Wintergreen ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 23757
Family Ericaceae (Heath) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (7200 to 11000 ft); moist, shady pine-forest areas.
Plant: Inconspicuous, erect perennial, single stem 5 to 8 inches tall.
Leaves: Smooth basal leaves, dark green with prominent light veins, oblong-elliptic, ovate, obovate, or round, 3/4 to 1-1/4 inches long on petioles short or up to 1-1/4 inches long; edges entire to crenate-serrate.
Inflorescence: Raceme with 2 to 10 nodding flowers 1/4 to 1/2-inch across; 5 short sepals with irregulary, finely-toothed edges; 5 white to pale green petals; 10 orange-ish stamens clustered together; light green slightly curved protruding style.
Bloom Period: June to August.
Fruit: Round green capsule ~1/4 across or less.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Minnesota Wildflowers and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map
Colorado Status:
Native
Scientific Name Pyrola minor USDA PLANTS Symbol PYMI
Common Name Snowline Wintergreen, Lesser Wintergreen ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 23760
Family Ericaceae (Heath) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to subalpine (8000 to 12000 ft); moist, shady pine-forest areas, bogs, streamsides.
Plant: Inconspicuous, erect perennial, single, smooth stem 4 to 10 inches tall.
Leaves: Smooth basal leaves dark green with prominent light veins, oval-to-round, 1 to 1-1/2 inches across on petioles as long or longer than the leaves; edges entire to crenate-serrate.
Inflorescence: Raceme with 3 to 11+ globe-shaped, nodding flowers 1/4 to 1/3-inch across on short peduncles; 1 or 2 (or none) white-ish lanceolate to ovate or obovate bracts on peduncles; 5 triangular, pointed sepals, light green or tinged red; 5 rounded/oval, white or pink petals; straight, greenish style extending just to the flower opening.
Bloom Period: June to August.
Fruit: Round, somewhat flattened capsule less than 1/4 across, white, pinkish or greenish, with the residual style protruding underneath.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Minnesota Wildflowers www.americansouthwest.net and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map
Colorado Status:
Native

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