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Pyrola asarifolia
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Subfamily: Pyroloideae
Type genus

Pyroloideae is a subfamily of plants in the family Ericaceae. It was formerly treated as a separate family, Pyrolaceae.[1] It has also been treated as the tribe Pyroleae within the subfamily Monotropoideae. It consists of four genera: Chimaphila containing 5 species, Pyrola containing 30 species and Moneses and Orthilia which are monotypic. They are mixotrophic, gaining nutrition from photosynthesis, but also from mycorrhizal fungi.[2]

Genera list[edit]

Image Genus Living Species
Chimaphila umbellata 0966.JPG Chimaphila Pursh
Moneses uniflora 1437.JPG Moneses Salisb. ex Gray
  • Moneses uniflora, one-flowered wintergreen
Orthilia secunda (7833440846).jpg Orthilia Raf.
  • Orthilia secunda, one-sided-wintergreen
Pyrola grandiflora upernavik 2007-07-15 1.jpg Pyrola L.


  1. ^ Stevens, P.F. (2001 onwards). "Ericaceae. Angiosperm Phylogeny Website. Retrieved 2014-12-29.
  2. ^ Liu, Z.; Wang, Z.; Zhou, J.; Peng, H. (2010). "Phylogeny of Pyroleae (Ericaceae): implications for character evolution". Journal of Plant Research. 124 (3): 325–337. doi:10.1007/s10265-010-0376-8. PMID 20862511.