West Highland Flora

Round-leaved Wintergreen


Pyrola rotundifolia

 

Pyrola rotundifolia

Photo Carl Farmer
21 Jun 2004 Druim an Aonaich, Raasay

Very rare, on damp limestone cliff ledges

Leaf-blade c 1.5-5 cm across.  Flowers c 8-14 mm diameter.  Style 7-10 mm.  Does not often flower in our area; have no flower pictures yet.

ID: In flower told from the other Wintergreens by the style being very obviously curved; the other species have it straight.  For general appearance of the flowers see the other Wintergreen species, but this one has the flowers much more open and less bell-shaped.

With leaves only, as our plants usually are, it can't be described in such a way as to rule out the leaves of all other plant species, but these pictures give some idea.  The leaf-stalk is generally longer than the blade, which is somewhat glossy.

Other features: Like the other Wintergreens, it feeds off decaying vegetable matter as well as obtaining nutrients in the normal way.  Flowers white with group of 10 orange stamens in centre, flower-spikes not one-sided.

 

Pyrola rotundifolia

Photo Carl Farmer
21 Jun 2004 Druim an Aonaich, Raasay
Leaf c 18 mm across at widest


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