Little Pipsissewa aka Little Prince’s Pine (Chimaphila menziesii)
Both the common names refer to this plant resembling a smaller version of the common Pipsissewa (umbellata). We frequently recognize the foliage of these two siblings covering the woodland floor (along with twinflower), far more often than we find them flowering.
Little Pip is one of many plants named after Archibald Menzies (1754-1842), the naturalist aboard the HMS Discovery on the Vancouver Expedition. Ross & Chambers (Wildflowers of the Western Cascades) spare us the embarrassment of mispronouncing the genus name, “kim-aff-illa”, around our botanist friends. Chimaphila, incidentally, translates roughly to “winter weather lover”.
This one goes out to Tara’s sister, who has her own four-wheeled “Little Pip.”