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At first glance, lesser wintergreen looks a lot like round-leaved wintergreen. However, its leaves are lighter and not shiny and the stems are no longer than the leaf. Furthermore, the petals of the flower are not as open. Just like other members of the wintergreen family, lesser wintergreen spreads its fine, weighless seeds with the help of wind. An intricate net forms around the seed serving as a balloon to help its flotation.

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