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Liliaceae / Lily
Ozark Trillium (Trillium pusillum Michx. var. ozarkanum)
Ozark Trillium is also known as Dwarf Trillium.

Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant, it is a perennial which can reach 20cm in height (8inches). This variation of Trillium pusillum or Dwarf Wakerobin is exceedingly uncommon but may occur in fairly large numbers where it is found. This is one of the earliest trilliums to bloom and is likely to be finished before the end of March.
Leaves: The leaves are whorled. Each of the three leaves is entire.
Flowers: The flowers have 3 Regular Parts. They are white turning pink first on the underside of the petals. Blooms first appear in late winter and continue into early spring. The petals sometimes have wavey edges or are partly twisted.
Habitat: Woods
Range: This variety is known only from a very few locations in a narrow range stretching from Okalahoma, to southern Missouri and north Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky.

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This is a rare variation of Trillium pusillum a species that is fairly uncommon. Another variant, Trillium pusillum var. virginianum is found in Maryland and Virginia and West Virginia. Distinguishing the variants in the field by their features is the work of experts so it is by knowing which occurs in a particular area that is useful.


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Photographed at Taylor Hollow, Scientific State Natural Area, Sumner Co. Tennessee.



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More Info:  
The Search below may provide more information about this species. Some of URLs may have been used as a source for this page not otherwise cited. Most of the information not cited comes from multiple sources that can be found in the Books page. The USDA plant links are provided by: USDA, NRCS 1999. The PLANTS database (http://plants.usda.gov/). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. You can check species names at ITIS Advanced Search to see if they meet the current ITIS taxonomic criteria.
 

By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.


Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.



Classification:  
Kingdom
Plantae
Plants
|Division
Magnoliophyta
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
|Class
Liliopsida
Monocots / One Seed Leaf
|Subclass
Liliidae
Lily
|Order
Liliales
Lily
|Family
Liliaceae
Lily
|Subfamily

|Tribe

|Genus
Trillium
Trillium

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