twinflower Caprifoliaceae Linnaea
borealis L. symbol: LIBO3
Leaf: Opposite, simple, persistent and somewhat leathery, less than 1/2 inch long, elliptical to nearly round, conspicuous netted veins; a few shallow teeth above the midpoint, shiny green above.
Flower: Paired, pink to white trumpet-shaped flowers borne on a 2-4 inch Y-shaped stalk, nodding, heavily scented.
Fruit: Brown, dry capsule producing nutlets with glandular hairs that stick to fur of passing animals.
Bark: Only woody at the base of the plant; often buried in the litter.
Form: Slender evergreen vine trailing over the ground and decaying logs. Ground-hugging except for flower stalks which may reach 2-4 inches.
Looks like: prince's pine
Additional Range Information: Linnaea borealis is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting twinflower.
External Links: USDAFS FEIS Silvics - USDA Plants Database
All material © 2018 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654