Pyrola elliptica. ("A pear" from fancied resemblance of the foliage to that of a pear tree.) - Family, Heath. Color, whitish. Calyx, 5-parted. Corolla of 5 ovate petals. Stamens, 10, the anthers inverted and opening by chinks. Pistil, 1, with a large curved style, bearing at its apex a 5-divided stigma. Flowers collected in a spike on a scape, with 1 or 2 scaly bracts. Leaves, in clusters at the root, ovate, dull, evergreen, thin, with margined petioles. June and July.
Shin leaf (Pyrola clliptica)
One of our pretty lovers of the deep woods, with a rosette of evergreen leaves at the root surrounding a tall scape finished with a raceme of bright flowers. (See illustration, P. 105.)
P. americana.. - Calyx, lobes long and narrow. Petals, thick, white, although some varieties of this plant may have pink or flesh-colored tints. Flowers, in long racemes, and all have a protruding, upward curving style. Scapes taller than the preceding, and leaves thicker, roundish, shining, on petioles. Sometimes called wintergreen. June to August.
Open, light woods, in rather sandy soil. Eastern and Northern States as far south as Georgia.