Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Trout Lily

Depending on where you live, this flower ( Erythronium americanum) has a number of common names, each pointing to some distinguishing characteristic. “Trout lily” comes from the resemblance of its mottled leaves to the coloring on brook trout. “Adder’s tongue” refers to the similarity between a snake’s tongue and the sharply pointed, unopened purple leaves as they poke through the dense forest litter. “Dogtooth violet” is said to reflect the white, tooth-like shape of its underground corm. The plant is not a violet but a true Lily as evidenced by the nodding spotted flower. Often grow in large colonies. Wilderness Battlefield Park.

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