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A color drawing taken from plate 1 of Wild Flowers of Nova Scotia by Maria Morris; it is captioned Epigæa repens. May flower. The upper‐left corner still displays the Plate 1. identifier, though the other captions are not included.

Several bunches of flowers grow from one cutting, ranging in size from two flowers to at least six, each bunch on its own branch of the stem. Each flower has five white petals, fading to pink as they spread from the center, and additionally edged in white. The petals are ovate in shape with gently pointed tips, and curl slightly both on themselves—forming a shallow dish—and inward to the center of the flower. This hides all but a few centers, on flowers which happen to face towards the viewer, but those that are seen are a rich golden yellow. Below this, the petals come together in a cylinder about half as wide as the upper portion but roughly as long as that upper spread, with a base wrapped in a brilliant green calyx, spearhead‐shaped sepals (which formerly enclosed the bud). Some flowers have not yet opened and still retain a bulb shape at the end of the cylinder, with the youngest not having a distinction between the two forms such that only a pale pink lozenge is emerging from the green calyx.

This is all set among emerald‐green leaves as large or larger than an entire bunch of the flowers; several have folded over themselves to reveal a lighter back roughly the color used for the scales of the former buds. The leaves are barely cordate, coming to a faint point at the tip and with lobes extending only slightly past the base of the stem. The central vein is deeply‐set, and smaller symmetric veins curve gently forward off of it. A number of the leaves show some degree of damage from where insects have chewed their edges, and the borders of the damage have turned a dead brown.

The stem joining all this together—leaf and flower alike—is also brown and is covered in short hairs; while it isnʼt quite clear whether this is meant to indicate a gentle fuzz or a sharper defence, it gives the impression of something closer to the latter. The very base, from where most (but not all) of the branches split, has some green highlights and has put out short roots along its length; the broadest end shows an abrupt cut where it was separated from the rest of the plant, and a small flap where the blade didnʼt quite make it all the way through before the outermost layer tore away from the other side of the stem.


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