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Trillium

Trillium

Description:

Trillium is one of many plants whose seeds are spread by ants. At maturity, the base and core of the trillium ovary turns soft and spongy. Trillium seeds have a fleshy organ called an elaiosome that attracts ants. The ants extract the seeds from the decaying ovary and take them to their nest, where they eat the elaiosomes and put the seeds in their garbage, where they germinate in a rich growing medium. Wikipedia

Habitat:

Under redwood tree in Tilden Park, Berkeley, CA.

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8 Comments

misako
misako 9 years ago

Thank you gifted-group13!

gifted-group13
gifted-group13 9 years ago

Awesome sauce

misako
misako 10 years ago

Thank you werdgent!

barbarossa
barbarossa 10 years ago

Damn you got some badass trilliums out west!

misako
misako 10 years ago

Thank you Emma!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

cool.

misako
misako 10 years ago

Thank you MayraSpringmann!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 10 years ago

Nice color!!!

misako
Spotted by
misako

Berkeley, California, USA

Spotted on Mar 22, 2012
Submitted on Mar 26, 2012

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