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Wintergreen

Gaultheria procumbens
Wintergreen

Habitat

They bloom in summer on the forest floor.

Description

The leaves are shiny, ovals that stay dark green year round and have slightly toothed edges. Tiny, white, bell-shaped flowers with a fringed, turned up end hang under the leaves. They later turn to red berries.

Taxonomic Features (Traits) for Identification

  • Flower Type: Flowers regular with 5 petals forming bells that hang beneath the leaves
  • Flower Color: White
  • Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
  • Plant Type: Wildflower (Low and creeping forming dense clusters on mountaintops)
  • Leaf Type: Oval, toothed, dark green, shiny (through the winter)
  • Fruit: Bright red berries

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