Monday, May 2, 2011

May 2, 2011 Glorious Trillium near Kendallville

Acres Lonidaw preserve near Kendallville IN

Trillium are "glorious" right now at ACRES Lonidaw preserve, both in terms of number of species and number of flowers.  The species are the white Large-flowered Trillium, Trillium grandiflorum; both white and red forms of Drooping Trillium, T. flexipes; and the red Toad Trillium, T. sessile.

Large-flowered Trillium, Trillium grandiflorum

  Large-flowered Trillium sometimes turns pink after flowering a week or two.

T. grandiflorum after turning pink

Drooping Trillium, T. flexipes, is less common than Large-flowered Trillium and is easy to overlook because the flowers often droop below the leaves.  The Latin name is important because there are several common, confusing names.  The white and red versions of T. flexipes further complicate the nomenclature.

White form of Drooping Trillium, T. flexipes
Red form of Drooping Trillium, T. flexipes
Red T. flexipes
Toad Trillim, or Toadshade, flowers are also red.  The flowers have no stalk; they fasten directly to the leaves and stem.

Toad Trillium, T. sessile
Many wildflowers are in bloom at Lonidaw, but a Trillium is never far away.

T. flexipes and Yellow Violets, Viola pubescens
Yellow Violet close up
Cream, or Pale Violet, Viola striata
Blue Phlox, Phlox divaricata
Wild Geranium, Geranium maculatum
Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum
Marsh Marigold, Caltha palustris
 Below are the wildflower species now in bloom in Lonidaw that are not pictured above:

Spring Beauty, Claytonia virginica
Rue Anemone, Thalictrum thalictroides
Early Meadowrue, Thalictrum dioicum
Trout Lily, Erythronium americanum
Common Blue Violet, Viola soroia
Cut-leaved Toothwort, Cardamine concatenata
Squirrel Corn, Dicentra canadensis
Dutchman's Breeches, Dicentra cucullaria
Blue Cohosh, Caulophyllum thalictroides
Large-flowered Bellwort, Uvularia grandiflora
Wild Ginger, Asarum canadense
False Mermaid, Floerkia proserpinacoides
Wood Poppy, Stylophorum diphyllum
Gooseberry, Ribes species (uncertain of species)

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