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Chimaphila umbellata ssp. occidentalis

Chimaphila umbellata (L.) W.P.C. Barton ssp. occidentalis (Rydb.) Hultén

Pipsissewa, Blake's Prince's Pine

Pyrolaceae (Shinleaf Family)

Synonym(s): Chimaphila occidentalis, Chimaphila umbellata var. occidentalis


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N)

Many authorities show this genus to now belong in the Ericaceae family.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Rhizomatous stems up to about 18 inches long. Flowering stems up to about 4 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Yellow , Green , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AK , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY
Native Habitat: Dry coniferous forests.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Chimaphila umbellata ssp. occidentalis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Chimaphila umbellata ssp. occidentalis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Chimaphila umbellata ssp. occidentalis


Record Modified: 2023-05-03
Research By: CBR

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