Flora of the Southeastern United States
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Pyrola Linnaeus. Shinleaf, Pyrola.

Key to Pyrola

A genus of 30-35 species, subshrubs, circumboreal and also in Sumatra and Guatemala. The inclusion of this group of species in the Ericaceae or its recognition as a separate family has been controversial. Studies (Judd & Kron 1993, Kron & Chase 1993) suggest that it is best resubmerged in the Ericaceae.

Ref: Freeman (2009b) In Flora of North America Editorial Committee (2009); Liu et al. (2010); Stevens et al. In Kubitzki et al. (2004). Show full citations.

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image of plant© Erik Danielson source
image of plant© Alan Cressler: Pyrola asarifolia, West Fork Rock Creek Gorge, Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Custer National Forest, Carbon County, Montana 1 by Alan Cressler source
image of plant© Alan Cressler: Pyrola chlorantha, Emerald Mountain, Glacier Basin, Rocky Mountain National Park, Larimer County, Colorado 2 by Alan Cressler source