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Genus of the Week

Week of Mar. 23-29

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This page has been created for people who want to learn more about plants, especially in the context of their taxonomy (Latin names, etc.). This is by no means an exhaustive list of all available Web resources on a particular genus.

This week's genus:


Chimaphila


Subclass: Dicotyledoneae
Superorder: Caryophyllidae
Order: Ericales
Family: Pyrolaceae: The Wintergreens
Number of Species: 8
Root: Greek, from cheima (winter) and philein (to love)

The genus Chimaphila is part of a family of perennials with evergreen foliage that can propagate vegetatively via rhizomes. This genus can be recognized by its characteristic thick dark green leaves and white to pink colored flowers. Common names for the genus include Prince's Pine, Pipsissewa (from the Algonquins), and of course, Wintergreen. The Wintergreens are closely related to the Heath family (Ericaceae) and are often classified in that family.

Here are a few links to images and descriptions of different Chimaphila species:


References:

  1. Heywood, V.H., ed. Flowering Plants of the World. New York, Oxford University Press: 1993.
  2. Neiring, William A. and Nancy C. Olmstead., eds. The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers, Eastern Region. Alfred A. Knopf, New York: 1979.

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