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Shinleaf
Pyrola elliptica

Connecticut has several species of Pyrola; shinleaf is the most common one. Shinleaf is distinguished by having white flowers and oval (as opposed to roughly circular) leaves with short leaf stalks. Round-leaved pyrola also has white flowers, but the leaves are rounder and much shinier.

• Family: Wintergreen (Pyrolaceae)
• Habitat: woods, especially near conifers
• Height: 5-10 inches
• Flower size: 3/4 inch across
• Flower color: white
• Flowering time: June to August
• Origin: native

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Last updated November 13, 2005. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.