Thursday, February 9, 2012
Catesby's Trillium is found only in the Southern states of Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. I have found them on the Short Line Trail in Tallulah Gorge State Park in Georgia and along the Little River Road in the Smoky Mountains National Park. Generally they can be found in many mountain areas of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
Like other trilliums the Catesby's has just about three of everything. You will notice the flower below the leaves. It's flower petals curl under themselves and have wavy edges. This differs it from the Large Flower Trillium which has the flower above the leaves, the petals have smoother edges. And, the Large Flower Trillium's flower rises above the leaves. The Catesby's Trillium flower is white turning pink with age. The Large Flower Trillium turns pink with age also but, I don't think it is so pronounced
As I study I learn. According to the USDA http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/plant-of-the-week/trillium_catbaei.shtml based on recent genetic research trillium species now belong to the family Trilliaceae. Check out the web site to learn more. In the mean time I will continue the research on families of Trilliums and hopefully bring more information to light. Here again, I think it may be differing botanist and there is an ongoing argument on this subject.
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