Yellow Trillium (Trillium luteum)

Posted by on Apr 27, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

Yellow Trillium (Trillium leteum), Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

Yellow Trillium (Trillium leteum)

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The Yellow Trillium (Trillium luteum) is a member of the Liliaceae or Lily family.  Being the only yellow flowering trillium it is one of the easiest to identify.  It is an erect perennial from 8- to 16-inches tall, rising from a stout rhizome.  The 3 leaves are whorled, sessile, broadly elliptical, mottled, from 3- to 6-inches in length.  The flower is sessile and lemon-scented.  Petals are more or less erect, narrowly to broadly elliptical-obovate, greenish-yellow aging to a rich yellow, more than twice the length of the stamens.  It can be found in rich woods, mainly in the southern Appalachians.  It flowers in April and May.

Yellow Trillium (Trillium leteum), Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

Yellow Trillium (Trillium leteum)

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  1. Excellent colors Mark. Just love the renewal that spring brings.
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