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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 Wildflowers

Photographs: 120 photographs available, of which 6 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)

Pipsissewa leaves.

Pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata)

Pipsissewa plants.

Pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata)

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

Pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata)

An entire Pipsissewa plant.

Pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata)

Young Pipsissewa plants.

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)