Pyrola aphylla
leafless wintergreen

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; southwestern British Columbia to Baja California, east to Idaho.

Habitat: Dry coniferous forests at low to moderate elevations.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Rhizomatous, mycoheterotrophic perennials, 1-4.5 dm tall.


Leaves generally absent or not detectable.


Inflorescences several, 4-24 flowered; flowers 9-15 mm broad; petals 5, white to pinkish; stamens 10, bending inward, not awned; ovary 5-celled; style 3-7 mm, bending to one side, often with ring under stigma.


Pendulous, dry capsules with cobweb-like tissue exposed at dehiscence.

Accepted Name:
Pyrola aphylla Sm.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Pyrola aphylla in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Pyrola aphylla checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Pyrola aphylla atlas page.

CalPhotos: Pyrola aphylla photos.

USDA Plants: Pyrola aphylla information.

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