Well, I thought I was going to be all smart and tell you exactly what plant this is. As it turns out, I'll tell you the genus, but don't quite dare pick the particular species.
It's connected to yesterday's plant because I want you to notice how similar the seed pod is. So we'll do that first. If you didn't see yesterday's post, just scroll down and take a look.
This is a plant that Marie and I found on our little hike at Esopus Creek Nature Preserve in May. It REALLY fooled me. I couldn't figure it out at all, because I didn't recognize the buds.
So, with some research, I've verified that it's a Pyrola. This is another genus of plants that sometimes gets called wintergreen. Who knew? I've never heard it called that!
Here are the leaves.
The most common plant in the genus is Shinleaf (P. elliptica), but I don't think the leaves are right for that. The leaves look more like Round-leaved Pyrola (P. rotundifolia), but it seems too small for that. There are choices for smaller plants, but I've never seen them, and think I'd need the flowers to be certain of the ID.
I have pictures of the flowers of Shinleaf somewhere. I'll see if I can find them for another day. You'll never guess what they look like from studying these buds!
If there are any lurking Pyrola experts, please weigh in!
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