no leaves, unlike the other wintergreen plants seen in the same area
Pyrola, Trinity Alps Wilderness, California
This was a new wintergreen for me, Pyrola picta, or White-veined Wintergreen, growing in the sun along the Grand Ridge trail at 5000'.
We spotted a few Pyrola asarifolia, or Pink Wintergreen, along the Grand Ridge trail at 5000'. These were growing in the semi-shade, each stem about 5-6" tall.
Pyrola L. (syn. Pirola Neck.) is a genus of evergreen herbaceous plants in the family Ericaceae. Under the old Cronquist system it was placed in its own family Pyrolaceae, but genetic research showed it belonged in the family Ericaceae. The species are commonly known as wintergreen, a name shared with several other related and unrelated plants (see wintergreen for details). They are native to northern temperate and Arctic regions.