|Scientific Name||Pyrola minor||USDA PLANTS Symbol||PYMI|
|Common Name||Snowline Wintergreen, Lesser Wintergreen||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||23760|
Life zones and habitat: Montane to subalpine (8000 to 12000 ft); moist, shady pine-forest areas, bogs, streamsides.
Plant: Inconspicuous, erect perennial, single, smooth stem 4 to 10 inches tall.
Leaves: Smooth basal leaves dark green with prominent light veins, oval-to-round, 1 to 1-1/2 inches across on petioles as long or longer than the leaves; edges entire to crenate-serrate.
Inflorescence: Raceme with 3 to 11+ globe-shaped, nodding flowers 1/4 to 1/3-inch across on short peduncles; 1 or 2 (or none) white-ish lanceolate to ovate or obovate bracts on peduncles; 5 triangular, pointed sepals, light green or tinged red; 5 rounded/oval, white or pink petals; straight, greenish style extending just to the flower opening.
Bloom Period: June to August.
Fruit: Round, somewhat flattened capsule less than 1/4 across, white, pinkish or greenish, with the residual style protruding underneath.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Minnesota Wildflowers, American Southwest and SEINet.
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Banner photo: Ten Mile Range and Rhodiola integrifolia (King’s Crown) in Summit County