Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Ledum glandulosum Nutt.
- Family: Heath (Ericaceae)
- Flowering: May-August
- Field Marks: This shrub has evergreen, aromatic leaves that are elliptic to oval and
wrinkled-looking on the upper surface. The white flowers have 5 free petals.
- Habitat: Wet meadows, bogs, swamps.
- Habit: Evergreen shrub with aromatic leaves.
- Stems: Upright, usually branched, up to 6 feet tall; twigs glandular-hairy; bark at maturity peeling in shreds.
- Leaves: Alternate, simple, evergreen, leathery, elliptic to oblong, usually rounded at the tip, rounded or tapering at the base, wrinkled-looking on the upper surface, glandular and paler on the lower surface, up to 2 1/2 inches long, flat or ro
- Flowers: Several to many in terminal clusters; stalks usually glandular-hairy, yellow-green, up to 1 inch long.
- Sepals: 5, united below, green, up to 1/16 inch long, the lobes ciliate.
- Petals: 5, free from each other, oblong, white, 1/4-1/3 inch long.
- Stamens: 10.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Fruits: Capsules nearly round to ovoid, up to 1/4 inch long, with many elongated, winged seeds.
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