Flora of Sweden: Round-leaved Wintergreen

Pyrola rotundifolia, SE: Vitpyrola, DE: Rundblättriges Wintergrün,
NL: Rond wintergroen, UK: Round-leaved Wintergreen

Scientific name:  Pyrola rotundifolia L.
Swedish name:  Vitpyrola, vintergröna
German name:  Rundblättriges Wintergrün
Nederlandse naam:  Rond wintergroen
English name:  Round-leaved Wintergreen
Family:  Ericaceae, Heath family, Ljungväxter

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Location: Hammarstrand

Life form:  Evergreen perennial
Stems:  Ascending, 20-30cm high, 3-angular, with embraced, prolonged lanceolate scales above
Leaves:  Rosette, opposite, c 1.5-5 cm
Flowers:  8-15 White flowers on 15 to 30 centimeters high stems
Flowering Period:  June, July, August
Fruits:  Semitransparent pouches with spherical seeds
Habitat:  Woods, thickets, heathland

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Derivation of the botanical name:
Pyrola, pear-like, from the Latin diminutive of Pyrus, meaning "pear," for the pear-like leaf shape, and a genus commonly called shinleaf or wintergreen.
rotundifolia, rotund, "round, spherical," i, connective vowel used by botanical Latin,and foli, "leaf".
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.