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Chimaphila umbellata

Pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata) Other common names: Common Pipsissewa, Prince's Pine

Other scientific names: Chimaphilla corymbosa, Pyrola umbellata

French names: Chimaphille ombelles

Family: Heath Family (Ericaceae), (Pyrola Family (Pyrolaceae))

Distinctive features: Sub-Shrub

Flowers: Summer;  White;  5 parts (petals)

Leaves: Opposite/Whorled, Simple

Habitat: Forests

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 284   

Native/Non-native: Native

Photography notes: Pipsissewa flowers are hard to photograph as they all point downward, and this is a very low growing plant.

Origin and Meaning of Names:
 Scientific Name: umbellata: bearing umbels

For more information visit: Ontario Trees and Shrubs

Photographs: 120 photographs available, of which 9 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata)

Pipsissewa flowers opening in late June.

Pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata)

Closeup of Pipsissewa flower. Note the large drop of liquid in the center.

Pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata)

Waning flower, mid-July.

Pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata)

Pipsissewa flower buds.

Pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata)

Entire Pipsissewa plant.

Pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata)

Pipsissewa leaves.

Pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata)

Pipsissewa plants.

Pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata)

Pipsissewa plants among pine needles, one of its favored habitats.

Pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata)

Seeds forming.

Range map for Pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)