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Last updated 11/6/2009 by David Giblin.
Pyrola minor L.[FNA8, HC, HC2]
lesser wintergreen, snowline wintergreen

Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 396. 1753.

Origin: Native

selected vouchers: WTU

Notes: FNA8: "Pyrola minor and P. asarifolia are broadly sympatric in North America. Scattered hybrids between these species have been reported, mostly from the area of sympatry (E. Haber 1984). Haber (1993) found herbarium evidence for at least one case of hybridization between P. minor and P. chlorantha. T. W. Böcher (1961) discussed hybrids between P. minor and P. grandiflora from western Greenland.

The straight style and actinomorphic corolla of Pyrola minor have been interpreted as paedomorphic conditions (J. V. Freudenstein 1999b). Among three northern European species of Pyrola studied by J. T. Knudsen and J. M. Olesen (1993), the shifts in floral morphology in P. minor were found to be associated with a significantly higher capacity for self-pollination."

References: (none)

Synonyms & Misapplied Names:
Pyrola conferta Fisch. ex Cham. & Schlecht.
Pyrola minor L. var. parviflora B. Boivin