What plant is that?

 Round-leaved Shinleaf
Above photo credit: © Francis R. Underwood 2014


close-up of flower   Close upofleaves  
Above photo credits: kbarton

This month’s mystery plant is a perennial (sometimes referred to as a subshrub) with basal leaves and a single erect flowering stem holding a raceme of white 5-petaled flowers.  The leaves are thick, obscurely toothed, glossy, dark green and often show prominent veins suffused with white.
The fruit is a capsule.
It blooms from June to August and grows in rich, dry or moist woods.

It’s…

Botanical Name:
  Pyrola americana
Common Name:
  Round-leaved Shinleaf  
Family:
  Pyrolaceae (Pyrola Family)
Habitat:
  Dry or moist rich woods

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