One-flowered wintergreen Moneses uniflora

Status Amber - Vulnerable and Near-Threatened
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This delightful plant used to be called St Olaf’s Candlestick. It has a single nodding white flower at the top of a stem, and a rosette of leaves at the base.

Distribution

It grows in pine forests in the hills of north-east Scotland, where it shows up brightly above the dark soil and dark dropped needles. Most current sites are in the commercial pine plantations. One site has thousands of plants, but the others only contain small groups with doubtful long term prospects.

Habitat

Damp parts of pine forests.

Status

Classified as Vulnerable.

Key threat

The loss of the old Caledonian Forest and the harvesting of commercial forests.

County flower of Moray.