Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


Because of technology changes and personnel changes at UWSP and the Wisconsin State Herbarium, the database of plant species housed at this site was merged with the database from the OLD WisFlora website to create a new Flora of Wisconsin website at Currently we are encouraging all Wisplant viewers to begin using the Flora of Wisconsin website as soon as possible. Wisplants will remain operational through July 13th. After that date, all traffic to Wisplants will be redirected to the Flora of Wisconsin website.

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  Kalmia polifolia Wangenh. image
Photographer: Derek Anderson           

Botanical Illustration

Caroline A. Creevey

Derek Anderson

Emmet J. Judziewicz

J. Kathleen Clayton

Keir Morse

Keir Morse

Kenneth J. Sytsma

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll

Paul Skawinski
Family Ericaceae
Kalmia polifolia Wangenh.
bog-laurel, pale-laurel, swamp-laurel
Kalmia: named after Peter Kalm (1716-1779), Swedish botanist and student of Linnaeus
polifolia: gray-leaved
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 1'-2' tall shrub, with a few branches, twigs with 2 sharp edges
Flower: dark pink to purple, 5-parted, 1/3"-1/2" wide, saucer-shaped, stalked, petals connected almost to the tips; inflorescence a branched cluster (corymb-like) from the upper leaf axils; blooms May-June
Fruit:roundish capsule with an indented top
Leaf:evergreen, leathery, opposite, linear to lance-like, shiny, mostly stalkless, edges turning downward; fine, white hairs below
Habitat: bogs

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Flora of North America (off site)
Chamaedaphne glauca (Aiton) Kuntze
Kalmia polifolia Wangenh. var. rosmarinifolia (Pursh) Rehder

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