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Chimaphila menziesii
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Little Prince's Pine
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Chimaphila menziesii

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About Little Prince's Pine (Chimaphila menziesii) Chimaphila menziesii, known by the common name little prince's pine, is a species of perennial wildflower in the heath family. This plant is found scattered throughout the mountains of western North America where it grows in the understory of coniferous forests. Locations include theChimaphila menziesii is a short flower with a slender reddish stem not exceeding 15 centimeters. The leaves are lance-shaped and a leathery rich green with light veins and tiny widely spaced teeth along the edges. The inflorescence atop the stem produces hanging flowers on long stalks. Each flower is white to dark pink, with spreading petals around a thick center. A ring of stamens with large tubular anthers surrounds an ovary with a large buttonlike stigma. It is similar to, but smaller than, its relative the prince's pine, Chimaphila umbellata.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
5.9 in (15 cm)

Flower Color
Pink, White, Red

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
326' - 8833'

Annual Precip. ?
13.2" - 153.2"

Summer Precip. ?
0.43" - 5.92"

Coldest Month ?
26.6° F - 49.7° F

Hottest Month ?
50.9° F - 72.8° F

Humidity ?
0.03 vpd - 24.13 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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