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The Pyrolas are forest dwellers. They thrive in the shade of others. These plants have evergreen leaves and slightly woody stems. The waxy-looking flowers are bisexual with 4 or 5 separate sepals (sometimes united at the base) and 4 or 5 separate petals. There are twice as many stamens as petals. The ovary is positioned superior and consists of 4 or 5 carpels with the partition walls present, forming an equal number of chambers. It matures as a round capsule with numerous seeds.
Key Words: Evergreen forest plants with waxy-looking flowers and parts in fours and fives.
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