Pyrola elliptica

Common Names: Shinleaf, waxflower shinleaf, wild lily-of-the-valley
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Heath family

Leaves are basal, oval, up to 3 inches long and 2 inches wide, with a round tip and tapering slightly at the base. The leaf surface is dull green and there are barely noticeable teeth all around the edges. The leaf stalk is as long as or shorter than the leaf blade. Raceme of 7 to 15 hanging flowers on slender stalks at the top of the plant. Flowers are about 1/3 inch across with 5 oval petals and a cluster of, orange-tipped stamens under the upper petals. Petal color is waxy white, greenish white or yellowish green and there may be greenish veins on the petals. The sepals are triangular, about as long as wide and about ΒΌ as long as the petals. The style is pale green and curves down and out below the lower petals like an elephant's trunk.

Found in mixed and deciduous forests. Blooms in summer.

Primary Flower Color: White
Secondary Flower Color: Green
Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.