Perennial herb from a slender rhizome; flowering stems 9-25 cm tall, single, with 1 to several leaves at the base or sometimes naked; sterile shoots leafy.
Basal, evergreen, somewhat leathery, more or less elliptic to oblong-egg-shaped or circular, the blades 1-3.5 cm long, finely toothed, pale green above, deep green below; stalks usually longer than blades.
Inflorescence a (1) 2- to 8- (10) flowered terminal raceme, the flowers 9-13 mm wide, weakly bilaterally symmetric, open; flower stalks 3-8 mm long; bracts linear-lanceolate, usually shorter than stalks; petals pale yellowish to greenish-white, 5-6 mm long, converging; sepals triangular egg-shaped, less than 2 mm long, wider than long, tips blunt; anthers 2-4 mm long, the pore-tubes conspicuous; styles declined, curved, exserted, 4-7 mm long, with a distinct collar below the lobed stigma.
Capsules, depressed globe-shaped, to 5 mm wide.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|BAFA(3), BWBS(249), CWH(41), ESSF(250), ICH(775), IDF(270), MS(430), PP(4), SBPS(158), SBS(711), SWB(16)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Pyrola chlorantha var. convoluta (W. Bart.) Fern.
Pyrola chlorantha var. paucifolia Fern.
Pyrola chlorantha var. revoluta Jennings
Pyrola convoluta W. Bart.
Pyrola oxypetala Austin ex A. Gray
Pyrola virens Schreb.
Pyrola virens var. convoluta (W. Bart.) Fern.
Pyrola virens var. saximontana Fern.