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Gaultheria procumbens

Gaultheria

Wintergreen refers to several sorts of plants which produce a pungent oil that's used to flavor a variety of products including candy, gum, medicine, etc. Wintergreen is also known as checkerberry. These plants include:
  • most species of the family Pyrolaceae, particularly those in the genus Pyrola;
  • some species of the genus Gaultheria in the family Ericaceae;
  • some species of the genus Betula in the family Betulaceae, particularly those in the subgenus Betulenta;
  • all species of the family Spiraea, also called the Meadowsweets.

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