Gaultheria procumbens - Family, Heath. Color, white. Calyx, 5-parted. Corolla, bell-shaped, swollen in the middle, somewhat contracted at the top, with 5 points. Stamens, 10, each with 2 round anther cells, opening by a hole at the top. Fruit, not strictly a berry, made of the calyx adhering to the ovary and grown fleshy. Flowers, 1, or a few, hanging from the axils of the leaves. Plant stem creeping just under or above the ground. Leaves, alternate, oval, thick, evergreen, slightly toothed, petioled. Open woods. July and August.

Creeping Wintergreen. Checkerberry

Creeping Wintergreen. Checkerberry

(Ganltheria procumbens)

This is the little, well-known plant whose new, tender, red leaves youngsters delight to chew, and whose aromatic berries sometimes find their way to our grocery stores. Often late in the season the waxen flower-bells and ripening fruit are found together. The essence of wintergreen is a pleasant flavoring, in taste resembling birch. Local names are tea-berry and boxberry. (See illustration, p. 111.)