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Pyrola minor L.

15 photos.
A species favoring shade, often found among grasses and small willows, and known as
the "lesser wintergreen", "small-flowered wintergreen", "snowline wintergreen" or "snowline shinleaf".
The blossoms are cream white or pink and do not open fully.

ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 23760








1.  Early July.  Scape with pink blossoms and
long petioled basal leaves typical of the genus.

2.  Early July.  Close-up of upper scape and
blossoms in photo 1.  Note small bract below
the blossoms.

3.  Early July.  White blossoms at apex of scape.

4.  Early July.  Close-up of scape in photo 3
showing style which seldom emerges beyond
the petals.  Note bracts at the base of the
pedicels and the ridges on the scape.

5.  Early July.  A group of plants with elongated
scapes.  Note the dried scape with capsules
from a previous year in the background.

6.  Mid-August.  Plant of different heights
in full bloom.

7.  Mid-July.  Plant with elongated scape and
well developed capsules.  Note that the
protruding portion of the style is shorter
than the capsule.

8.  Early July.  Two blossoms at apex of scape
with capsules below.  Note that some capsules
have not entirely shed remains of petals and
some anthers are still visible.

9.  Early July. Previous year's dried scape
with capsules.

10.  Early July.  Basal leaves with attached
. rhizome.

11.  July 4, 2009.  Plant growing in a reclaimed
mining area.

12.  July 3, 2009.  A plant removed from soil
and photographed from below.

13.  July 11, 2009.  Upper scape of a
plant with withered blossoms.

14.  July 6, 2009.  Two blossoms photographed
from below to show the stamens and style.

15.  July 3, 2009.  A blossom with a petal
removed to show the stamens style and ovary.

Photos 1 and 2 taken southwest of Eagle Summit
at the headwaters of Bates Creek.
65°  27.6' N,   145°  26.7' W
Elev. 3100 ft

Photos 3-5 and 8-10 taken in a ravine near
Twelvemile Summit.
65° 23.6' N, 145° 58.8' W
Elev. 2950 ft.

Photo 7 taken along the Koyukuk
River, north of the Arctic Circle near
Coldfoot, Alaska below Cathedral Mountain.
67° 10.26' N, 150° 20.90' W
Elev. 950 ft.