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Chimaphila menziesii
little pipsissewa, little prince's-pine

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to Montana and Utah.

Habitat: Coniferous forests from low to middle elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Low semi-shrubs from slender rhizomes, the stems only slightly woody, 5-15 cm. tall.


Leaves mostly whorled on the stem, lanceolate to elliptic-oblanceolate, tapered to narrow, acute bases; blades 2-6 cm. long, sharply serrate to entire, leathery, evergreen; petioles 5-8 mm. long.


Flowers 1-3 in umbels, the peduncles 2-8 cm. long; sepals 5, nearly distinct, lacerate; petals 5, distinct, spreading, 5-7 mm. long, pinkish, concave, nearly orbicular; stamens 10, the filaments hairy on the swollen, obcordate lower portion; anthers awnless, inverted, opening by terminal pores on short tubes; ovary superior.


Capsule 5-celled.

Accepted Name:
Chimaphila menziesii (R. Br.) Spreng.
Publication: Syst. Veg. 2: 317. 1825.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Pyrola menziesii R. Br.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Chimaphila menziesii in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Chimaphila menziesii checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Chimaphila menziesii information.

E-Flora BC: Chimaphila menziesii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Chimaphila menziesii photos.

USDA Plants: Chimaphila menziesii information.

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