Wildflower Wednesday — Painted Trillium

Painted Trillium


Photo credit, C Gracie.
Of our three most common species of trillium in the Northeast, my favorite is the painted trillium. Its three white petals are strikingly marked with bright magenta chevrons that “bleed” into the veins of the petal. This species prefers colder, damper habitats than both the large-flowered (white) and purple trilliums and, thus, is less commonly seen.

Like many other spring woodland flowers, the seeds of trillium have a fleshy appendage (an elaiosome) that ants find attractive. The ants carry the seeds off to their nests, where they eat the elaiosomes and discard the seeds, thereby dispersing them away from the mother plant.

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by Carol Gracie

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  1. One of the few I still need to shoot for my portfolio….

  2. Response..This flower has a wavy margin which gives it a very artistic look.However, one thing is very curious – the sepals of the flower(assuming the light green leaves are sepals) are in alternate arrangement to the petals.How could they have guarded the flower in the bud stage?The mode of dispersal is entomophily and quite interesting.The picture taken is wonderful to look at and has a very gorgeous look.

  3. Response…There are about 40-50 species of trillium available but I have just come across one or two types.I must admit that this one is the most beautiful that I have com across.