Chimaphila maculata otherwise known as spotted wintergreen. The stands we found were in the oak leaf litter scattered over the forest floor between oak tree seedlings. I went back yesterday with Keith to see if we could find some that were open because the first time they were all in bud but none were open yet. A few were flowering and they face the ground so not so easy to photograph. The leaves are green all year round and this native flowering evergreen is endangered in the Canadian provinces far north of DC.
I expect if the English ivy got hold of this forest floor they would be rare here too.
|Keith walks a deer path into the woods towards bigger paths made by walkers and maybe bicyclists|
|spotted wintergreen named for those white lines on the leaves|
|it has a little waxy white flower|
|sun shine breaking into the dappled forest where the trees have fallen|
|They come up in groups some places and singles in others|
|Height is from four to ten inches tall|
|Keith shows us the underside of a flower and some hand for scale|
|those whorls of dark green leaves in triple sets always stand out to me on the forest floor.|
|Looking out into the field from under the cool shade of the tall oaks|
|raspberries in the shady boarders of the forest|
|raspberries in the full sun|
|close up you can see why they are called raspberries!|