Saturday, November 21, 2015

Flower for the My Birthday Arctic Wintergreen Greenland 11-21

Plants in the Wintergreen Family (Pyrolaceae) are low growing herbs with leaves clustered at the base and with showy waxy flowers. The Large-Flowered Arctic Wintergreen (Pyrola grandiflora) has a reddish stalk arising from a basal rosette of leathery evergreen leaves (below) with rounded tips and prominent white veins.

The stalk bears sweet scented creamy white flowers, each with 5 petals, 5 sepals, and 8-10 prominent
yellow stamens (below). A distinctive characteristic is a downward curving style at the center of each flower. The flowers face the ground when they open, rotating to face more horizontally as they mature.

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