WILDFLOWERS OF NEW MEXICO

 
 

On the leafy floor of dry coniferous forests, this petit flower sends up a leafless flower stalk with a cylindrical cluster with 3–9 greenish-white to creamy, nodding flowers. Note the extended style usually is curved, and the leaves are solid green.


FLOWER: June–August. Leafless stem (scape) 4–10-inches tall with a  cylindrical cluster of 3–9 nodding, greenish-white to creamy flowers. The style usually bends upward.


LEAVES: Basal rosette, sometimes absent. Blades solid green, smooth, leathery, oval to broadly elliptic or rounded, 3/4–1 1/4-inches long (2–3 cm); margins entire to finely toothed. Stem (petiole) channeled, to 2 3/8-inches long.


HABITAT: Rocky, dry, leafy, conifer forest soils; stream sides, canyons, slopes, roadsides; ponderosa-Douglas fir, spruce-fir forests.


ELEVATION: 8,250–11,000 feet.


RANGE: AZ, CA, CO, ID, NM, NV, MT, OR, UT, WA, WY; eastward through Great Lake states to Maine, circumboreal.


SIMILAR SPECIES: White-vein Wintergreen, Pyrola picta, in much the same range, also has flowers all around the stem and curved styles, but the basal leaves are mottled with distinct white veins.


NM COUNTIES: NM northern and western mountains in high-elevation, dry habitats: Bernalillo, Catron, Grant, Colfax, Los Alamos, McKinley, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Juan, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Taos.

GREEN-FLOWERED  WINTERGREEN

PYROLA  CHLORANTHA
Heath Family, Ericaceae

Perennial herb

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The flower style extends beyond the petals and has a slight bend (arrows).

Basal leaves are oval to elliptic and solid green.

White-vein Wintergreen, Pyrola picta, has basal leaves mottled with distinct white veins.

SIMILAR SPECIES