Saturday, April 2, 2011

Large-flowered Trillium - Trillium grandiflorum

Large-flowered Trillium, Trillium grandiflorum, is usually found in rich deciduous woodlands.
It can be found as a single blooming plant or as a mass of plants carpeting the woodland floor.
Large-flowered Trilliums have to grow for several years before flowering, so it takes a long time to build up a population.
It’s also a plant that is slow to spread to new areas, because it depends on ants to scatter the seeds. A juicy morsel is attached to the seed that causes the ants to carry the seed back to the colony. After the ants finish their meal, the seed is carried out and discarded. This practice of ants dispersing seeds is fairly common among woodland flowers.

Photos taken April 28, 2010 in Adams County, Ohio.

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