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Common Shrub Species of the Northwest Forest

TREES

HERBS

GRAMINOIDS

FERNS & FERN-ALLIES

BROPHYTES & LICHENS

GLOSSARIES
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Chimaphila umbellata
Pipsissewa "Prince's Pine"
Pyrolaceae (Wintergreen Family)

Description

General - broadleaf evergreen shrublet or perennial rhizomatous herb; stems woody, spreading along or just below ground level; leafy and flowering branches upright, singly or in groups, up to 30 cm high.

Prince's Leaves - evergreen, lanceolate, whorled, thick, leathery, and sharply serrate.

Flowers - white, bell-like, approx. 1 cm across; often with a touch of pink, in 2 or 3 flower clusters stretching above the leaves; appearing from late June to August.

Fruit - depressed, globose capsules which often persist through winter.

Habitat

Throughout NW Ontario. Wide variety of soils and soil moisture regimes. Most often on sandy or rocky soil on well-drained sites, on gravel terraces, and in Jack Pine barrens; circumpolar.







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