borealforest.org

 
BACK

Common Shrub Species of the Northwest Forest

TREES

HERBS

GRAMINOIDS

FERNS & FERN-ALLIES

BROPHYTES & LICHENS

GLOSSARIES
Terminology | Pictorial

   
Linnaea borealis
Twinflower
Caprifoliaceac (Honeysuckle Family)

Description

General - a creeping broadleaf evergreen shrublet, up to 10 cm tall; stems creeping or trailing, with numerous short aerial stems rising from the stolon.

Twinflower Leaves - opposite; inversely egg-shaped to rounded, tip blunt, base tapering to a short leafstalk; persisting for two years.

Flowers - pink, with 5 petals, bell-like in pairs; very fragrant, on Y-shaped stalks. Blooms June through September over most of its range; flowers last about 7 days.

Fruit - small, dry, one-seeded capsule, maturing approximately 36 days after flowering; appearing in August and September.

Habitat

Circumboreal; common throughout NW Ontario's boreal forests; in open shade, dry or moist sites, often associated with moss-covered surfaces

Notes

Used by Native North Americans to brew medicinal tea.

Return to Top of Page



Home | Forest Capital of Canada | About Our Website |
Ontario's North (West) Forest | Boreal Forests of the World | North (West) Forest Industry |
World Links and Resources | "Forest Finder" Search Engine | Educational Resources |
What's Happening | Contacts | Site Map |