Gaultheria miqueliana
Common name: 
Miquel's Spicywintergreen
Miquel's Wintergreen
Pronunciation: 
gawl-THEE-ree-a mi-kel-i-AH-na
Family: 
Ericaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Broadleaved evergreen shrub, to about 1 ft (30 cm) tall, young branches pubescent.  Leaves alternate, simple, crowded at end of branches, obovate or broad-elliptic, 1.5-3.5 cm long, 1-2 cm wide, apex rounded or acutish, base rounded or broad wedge-shaped (cuneate), margin serrate.  Flowers urn-shaped, white, about 6 mm long, in 2-6 cm long clusters (racemes).  Fruit, 6 mm wide, white sometimes pinkish.
  • Sun or part shade, moist, acid soils.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 5      Native range includes East Asia, Japan and Alaska.
  • miqueliana: in honor of Friedrich Anton Wilhelm Miquel (1811-1871), Dutch botanist of Hanoverian origin, professor of botany at Utrecht and Leiden, author of works on the flora of Japan, Indonesia, etc. (Stearn, 2002).
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  • plant habit, summer flowering

    plant habit, summer flowering

  • plant habit, summer flowering

    plant habit, summer flowering

  • leaves and fruit

    leaves and fruit

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    fruit cluster