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Pictures - Trillium erectum / "red" trillium / wake robin

 

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On Mother's Day (2014MAY11) we completed our usual 5 km loop walk at Huron Natural Area, Kitchener. It was a warm, sunny spring day and the variety of ephemeral spring wild flowers was very good. The flowers of earlier red trilliums (Trillium erectum) were still in good shape and the more plentiful white trilliums (Trillium grandiflorum) were out in full force.

The red trillium, or Wake Robin, typically produces a flower that is a dark red to purple. Like some flowering species Trillium erectum does produce a few flowers that are not the typical red and are not commonly noticed. These different plants of the same species are sometimes referred to as variants. Some authorities use the term forma.

We discovered these red trillium variants at Huron Natural Area. The pictures were taken 2014MAY11 at approximate coordinates 43.398547, -80.486595 > Google Maps

Red trillium variants

 

Red trillium variant

Another example of a plant variant or forma might be chicory (Cichorium intybus). Chicory is often a beautiful blue composite flower. Occasionally the floret petals may be white to pink as depicted in the links below.

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