Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Pyrola elliptica Nutt. image
Photographer: Christopher Noll           

Botanical Illustration

Caroline A. Creevey

Derek Anderson

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Robert Bierman

Robert W. Freckmann

Janice Stiefel
Family Pyrolaceae
Pyrola elliptica Nutt.
elliptic shin-leaf, large-leaved shin-leaf, wax-flower shin-leaf
Pyrola: pear-like, from the Latin diminutive of Pyrus, meaning "pear," for the pear-like leaf shape, and a genus commonly called shinleaf or wintergreen
elliptica: elliptical, about twice as long as wide
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 6"-12" tall forb
Flower: white, 5-parted, stalked, 1/4"-1/3" long, petals often with green veins, sepals triangular and about the same or slightly wider than long, styles protruding; inflorescence on a long stalk often with more than 10 flowers per cluster; blooms June-Aug.
Fruit:capsule opening from the bottom upward
Leaf:1"-2 3/4" long, oblong, shiny, blade usually longer than the stalk, nearly basal
Habitat: dry; woods, forests

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