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Orthilia secunda (Linn.) House in Amer. Midi. Nat. 7:134. 1921. B. Krisa, l.c. exclud. ssp. obtusata (Turcz.) Bocher; P.F. Stevens, l.c.

  • Pyrola secunda Linn.
  • Ramischia secunda (Linn.) Garcke

    Perennial, glabrous. Stem creeping, slender, branched. Lamina elliptic-ovate to ovate, 20-30 x 14-21 mm, serrulate or crenulate, acute (or with a short mucro), under surface pale, nerves prominent. Petiole shorter than the lamina. Scales ovate-acuminate, 3-6 mm long. Scape slender, 6-11-flowered. Scape scales 2-3, similar to the cauline ones. Bracts ovate-lanceolate, 2-4 mm long. Pedicels at anthesis ± size of the bracts, minutely papillose. Flowers drooping. Calyx lobes orbicular-oblong, 1.5-2 x 1.5 mm, margin ± denticulate. Petals ± oblong, 4.5-5 mm long, denticulate. Filaments subulate, 3.5 mm long, base dilated; anthers 2 mm long, minutely papillose, pore tubes absent, pores wide. Ovary 5-lobed, 2-2.5 mm broad, globose and slightly depressed. Style fleshy, stout, 3-4.5 mm long, erect, exserted; stigma 5-lobed. Capsule 5-5.5 mm broad, nodding; seeds as in Pyrola rotundifolia subsp. karakoramica.

    Fl. Per.: June-July.

    Type locality: Sweden (LINN).

    Distribution: N. temperate regions of Europe, USSR and C. & Eastern Asia, & N. America.

    Usually found under conifers (pines or junipers) from 3100-4000 m. Fairly common in the Northern regions of Pakistan. The leaves are medicinal and used in the treatment of wounds and as a brew.


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