Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1559

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare in Coastal Plain)

Look for it in cove forests, other rich forests, per Weakley's Flora

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shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
A single terminal whorl of 3 leaves
Leaves sessile to subsessile

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Maroon or white
Pedicel 3-13cm long
Flowers below the leaves
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
3 sepals
3 petals

FRUIT:
Summer
Berry

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Liliales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Trillium vaseyi   FAMILY Trilliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Trillium vaseyi   FAMILY Liliaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 041-03-006b:
Trillium erectum var. vaseyi   FAMILY Liliaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Vasey's Trillium, Sweet Trillium, Sweet Beth


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Alan Cressler    alc_5694507857_9b36dcb4ce

April    Fannin County    GA

Chattahoochee National Forest

The largest flower of all Trillium species, often nearly 4" in diameter, per Great Smoky Mountains Wildflowers.

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Jim Fanning    jcf_tvaseyi2

April    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

Stamens with yellow to maroon anthers, much longer than purple-black ovary, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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JK Marlow    jkm100422_055

April    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Flower on a long stalk, horizontal or declined below the leaves, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

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JK Marlow    jkm100422_061

April    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

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JK Marlow    jkm130420_468

April    Transylvania County    NC

Foothills Trail

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_t_vaseyi_vaseys_trill

April        

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Tim Spira    tpstvaseyi_flw1

April        

The flower is just opening - sepals still developing and petals still recurving.

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JK Marlow    jkm0305c_15

May    Greenville County    SC

Jones Gap State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm0305d_13a

May    Greenville County    SC

Jones Gap State Park

Leaves solid green, rhombic, 4-8" long & wide, with a tapering base, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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JK Marlow    jkm060508_107

May    Macon County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Wayah Ranger District

Nodding flowers with broadly ovate petals and long exserted stamens, per Trilliums of Georgia. Tipularia (Patrick, 2007).

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JK Marlow    jkm060508_110

May    Macon County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Wayah Ranger District

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JK Marlow    jkm160502_074

May    Macon County    NC

Petals strongly overlapping, usually maroon (rarely white or whitish), per Weakley's Flora.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_t_vaseyi_vasey_9

May        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_trillium_vaseyi_2

May