Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Trillium or Quadrillium

Trillium or Quadrillium, originally uploaded by Ontario Wanderer.

During my first year of teaching I did an environmental studies unit on wild flowers and had the grade one children look at Trillium photos and draw their own version. When we walked to the nearby woods to look at wild flowers the first thing they saw was a Trillium with 4 petals and four leaves instead of the usual 3. I have only seen Trilliums with 4 petals two or three times since that time over 30 years ago. We found this one yesterday.

White Trillium
Trille blanc
Trillium grandiflorum
[TRIL-ee-um gran-dih-FLOR-um]
Genus = Trillium
Colour = White
Shape = normally 3 regualr petals
Family = Liliaceae (Lily)
Location = Ontario
43.17 N 79,52 W

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