Slender Wintergreen - Gaultheria ovatifolia
Slender wintergreen is a low shrub with slender, nearly prostrate, hairy stems, 5-20 cm (2-8 in) long. The alternate, mostly glabrous leaves, 2-4 cm (ca. 1 in) long, are egg-shaped with finely toothed margins. Single stalked flowers occur in the leaf axils. Each white flower, 3-5 mm long, has a 5-lobed, urn-shaped corolla and a shorter, brown-hairy, 5-lobed calyx. The fruit is a bright red, globose berry, 6-8 mm wide.
Mature fruit in August.
Gaultheria humifusa has a glabrous calyx and leaves usually less than 2 cm long. The species exhibits low levels of fruit production in our area.
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Moist forests, often dominated by Thuja plicata, of terraces and lower slopes in the valleys and lower montane zone.
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- Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
- Lorain, C. C. 1988. Floristic history and distribution of coastal disjunct plants of the northern Rocky Mountains. M.S. thesis. College of Forestry, Wildlife, and Range Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow. 221 pp.