Sunday, April 25, 2010


Because it's much more fun than studying for a parasitology final examination, Davis and I decided to take a study break and go for a walk in the woods. No vertebrates today, but it was a nice refresher for the botany class I took last year.

Red trillium (Trillium erectum). This is an interesting flower, because it's pollinated by flies. And to attract them, the flower emits an odour like rotting meat, and I guess the colour of the petals are meant to imitate meat as well. I couldn't smell them so I was just able to enjoy their vibrant beauty!

... and a close-up:

Two white trilliums (Trillium grandiflorum) pose in front of a mossy log. Apparently, you should never pick a trillium... the three green bracts just below the flower contain or produce much of the plant's food stores, so if you pick the flower it can take years for it to recover. I only found this out after picking two flowers last spring, and went home to look up some information about the plant. Boy, did I feel guilty! I don't pick flowers often as a rule because I think they look nicer left where they are, but I don't think I've picked a single flower since.

Fields of trilliums! (trillia?)

Trout lily (Erythronium americanum)

Canadian white violet (Viola canadensis)... I think

A type of bellwort (genus Uvularia)... I'm just not sure what species. Botany was actually my lowest grade, I'm ashamed to admit!

Hobblebush (Viburnum alnifolium). If I recall correctly, the large, outermost flowers are actually sterile... if you look closely, there are no pistils or stamens in them, like in the smaller flowers. Their main purpose is to be showy and attractive, and draw in pollinators to the fertile flowers!

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

Dutchman's breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)... so called because they're supposed to look... well... like a pair of breeches!

Until next time...


  1. woh...........
    This post are very nice and thanks for sharing your interest. The flowers are also helpful in the studies. The whole white flowers are very prety and it also show the own color and own meaning.

  2. What a lovely walk! I didn't know that about trilliums! The only flowers I usually pick are dandelions. I love to have a bunch of them in a vase.

  3. beautiful pictures! a flower that smells like rotting meat....interesting i suppose! at least they're pretty!

  4. That was a beautiful walk, I felt I could see and smell everything :)

    It is hard not to pick the flowers but I do have a few little girls in the neighbourhood who come by to pick a tulip or 2 but I let them, they are so sweet they just want to surprise their MOM :)

    Have a wonderful weekend (I know I am a little late commenting on this, sorry :) T.


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