PYROLACEAE, Shinleaf family

Low evergreen herbs; flowers hypogynous, perfect, in terminal clusters; sepals, petals, carpels, and locules usually 5; sepals separate or united at base; petals separate, waxy, corolla regular; stamens twice the petals; anthers opening by basal pores, but later bent back against filaments, pores then appearing apical; pollen in tetrads; carpels united; style 1, stigma broad, peltate; placentae axile; fruit a capsule.