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Old 01-29-2011, 10:07 PM   #1
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This is from a trip to Savoy State Forest in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. We were there in mid June. This sure looks like a Trillium to me, in particular a Nodding Trillium (Trillium cernuum) except that the flower isn't white and what are those extra stalk-like things on the top of the plant. They look like spent flower stalks. So, O Mighty Bringers of Knowledge, what do I have here?
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Old 01-29-2011, 10:31 PM   #2
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For a split second, I thought it did too, but trilliums have only 3 petals (and 3 leaves). It looks familiar, but it is too late for me to look it up right now--not something I know from memory.

(I was really rooting for you--before I opened it, I thought I hope he got it right. )
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Your first picture had me fooled but no this is not a Trillium. There's only one set of leaves in Trilliums. Always 3, (occasionally there is a fourth but this takes place of the flower).
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Old 01-30-2011, 12:16 AM   #4
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Looks like some sort of trout lily.
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A Trillium?
Same family: different genus. I think it's Medeola virginiana, Indian Cucumber or Indian Cucumber Root.

Medeola* virginiana: UW-Stevens Point Freckmann Herbarium: Plant Details Page
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Old 01-30-2011, 01:18 AM   #6
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flower six petal
whorled leaves
lily family


Indian Cucumber Root (Medeola virginiana) - Ontario Wildflowers
Medeola virginiana
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Old 01-30-2011, 01:18 AM   #7
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you beat me to it...lol
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you beat me to it...lol
Always nice to see a confirmation.
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That Ontario site has a great ID key on the left side of the page. A couple of good pictures can sometimes give enough clues to help out. I knew it was in the lily family but the rest was detective work. It is so late I thought I would be the only one here.
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:33 AM   #10
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Excellent, thank you! Not only do I get an ID, but I get two new reference sites for future use. Thanks to you both.
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