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Sunday, July 11, 2010
The waxy fragrant flowers of this shinleaf were hidden in the tall grass adding up to a pleasant surprise. Shinleaf, which I usually call pyrola, the genus to which it belongs. It is in the wintergreen family. My Audubon field guide tells me the name 'shin leaf' relates to the fact that the leaves of this plant can be used as a plaster to relieve pain and is referred to as a 'shin' plaster.