Chimaphila maculata  (L.) Pursh - Spotted Wintergreen


 

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Chimaphila maculata - (image 1 of 5)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Pyrolaceae

Habitat

Dry, acid woods, often in sandy soil.

Associates

 

Distribution

 

ME and NH west to MI and IL, south to SC, GA, and AL.

Morphology

Herbaceous perennial 10-20 cm tall. Leaves widest below middle, sharply toothed dark green with a light green midsection. Flowers 1-5, umbellate; petals 5, waxy white to pink and spreading, Fruit an upright capsule.   

Notes

Flowers July to August

Wetland indicator: Upland

Called wintergreen because the leaves are evergreen. The term "spotted" is a bit of a mystery, as the leaves are more striped than spotted.

References

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY

 

Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.

 


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