2796 - AlpenPix (Wild) - 2010-12-04|
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Locality: USA - Colorado - Peak 7 area, Summit County, Colorado, in upper Montane forest of lodgepole pine and Engelmann spruce at 10,000 feet elevation.
Photographer: Klaus Hendrix
Note: Chimaphila umbellata goes by the common name "Pipsissewa" in my area. It likes the same cool, dry, densely-shaded, acidic habitat as its relative, Pyrola, but is much less common. C. umbellata forms isolated colonies of rhizomatous plants with beautiful, dark-green, leathery leaves but few flowers. Several years may pass without a single flower being produced. When it does bloom, it's in early to late August. (Sent: Alpinefirstname.lastname@example.org)
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