COMMON NAME: White-Veined Wintergreen
FAMILY: Ericaceae (Heath Family)
Leaf generally < 10 cm; blade ovate to elliptic, ± entire; upper surface dark green, lower surface often purple; veins white-bordered (leaf blade sometimes oblanceolate, entire to prominently toothed; upper surface dull green, lower surface often bluish waxy when young, veins not bordered)
Inflorescence < 4 dm including peduncle; bracts < pedicels, lanceolate
Flower bilateral, ± open; sepals generally >> 2 mm, ovate, acute; petals greenish, cream-white, or pink; anthers 2.0–5.5 mm, pore tubes ± 1/3 as long; style downwardly curved, exserted, stigma lobes ± erect
Ecology: Common. Dry ponderosa-pine forest
Elevation: 400–2400 m.
Bioregional distribution: Northwestern California, Cascade Range, Sierra Nevada, San Francisco Bay Area, Outer South Coast Ranges, Transverse Ranges, Peninsular Ranges, Warner Mountains
Distribution outside California: to sw Canada, New Mexico
Variable, may hybridize with other species (pollen, seeds sometimes abortive).