Native SpeciesWintergreen

Gaultheria procumbens
FOUND by Eon
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by Alexander Eon
Peer reviewed by Isaiah Bruce
Field Notes
The technique I used was the looking around technique. I previously knew that the plant was only about 6 inches tall, the leaf size, color, leaf pattern, shape, and the final piece of information, the smell. When I thought it was wintergreen, I split open the leaf and smelled it. The minty smell was present, and I knew it was wintergreen.
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
The leaves are of right size (compared to a normal sized human finger), the color correct (deep green), the amount of leaves in a cluster, and the area in which they grow is right (almost anywhere)
Photo of my evidence.
The leaves are thick, about the size of a thumb, dark green, have the large vain connecting both ends of the leaf, the circular shaped pattern, and the smell (not able to smell from photo)
Photo of my evidence.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Gaultheria procumbens
Common name:
Count of individuals: 
Sampling method: 
Just looking around
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 43.486902 °
W -70.491020 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Forest
Trip Information
What is in my back yard?
Trip date: 
Fri, 2012-05-25 07:22
Town or city: 
Type of investigation: 
Species and Habitat Survey
Habitat Observations
Species diversity: 
10 different species
Evidence of vectors: 
Walking trail
Recent disturbance
animals, wind, water, force
Tree canopy cover: 
3/4 - Completely covered
Soil moisture: 


This is Wintergreen! (I like your comment about not being able to smell the picture- that is sad I love the smell of wintergreen!) Have you tried chewing on one of the leaves or making tea with them? The berries are edible too.

Is that really your backyard? I'm jealous! That looks like a good place to look for red-backed salamanders. Salamanders are my favorite :)

Thanks for looking closely. I hope you keep sharing your findings!


Yes it is pretty nice. It is a large area of woods behind my house that is the home of coyotes, raccoons, skunks, chipmunks, squirrels, opossum, deer, moose, and many types of plants and other life including salamanders!

This weekend I will go out and find some. I will post some pictures, a map, and some other details! I'll create another post so you and other people can see!

Hopefully I find some :)



In addition to salamanders, I really like other amphibians and reptiles. If you are into amphibians and reptiles you could check out this list of native species - BUT be forewarned that there are pictures of snakes. Some people really don't like snakes. I think they're really fascinating. There is also an aquatic invasive salamander called the mudpuppy. It was accidentally introduced in the Belgrade lakes. If you are interested in that, I can share more.

Have fun this weekend!! I can't wait to see what you find. :)