Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Orthilia secunda (L.) House

Sidebells wintergreen

Orthilia secunda (L.) House in flower at
Rock Creek canyon, Kern co.
Found in the Sierra Nevada mountains to the west of the Mojave, Orthilia secunda is a species of heath that is found in a circumboreal distribution throughout the northern hemisphere. Though originally placed into the genus Pyroloa, commonly called wintergreens, it was later moved into its current genus, which as of the moment is monotypic (meaning there is only one documented species within it).

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