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Trout Lily

Erythronium americanum


A lovely orchid-like lily which is mainly yellow in coloration with purplish markings near the base, and six deep purple to red stamens. The leaves are large and somewhat waxy with mottled purple, light green, and green colors. Erythronium americanum is known as the Trout Lily because the leaves are thought to resemble the patterns of a Brook Trout, Salvelinus fontinalis.


Found in the shade on the edge of a trail in quite a large patch.



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Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 11 years ago

Thank you very much Rieko and Dina! Rieko, good luck at finding them! Once you find one, you will find many! :-)

RiekoS 11 years ago

Very pretty spotting Jakubko. I wish I can meet this flowe here too.

Dina 11 years ago

Lovely flower!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 11 years ago

Thank you so much drP! This too is one of my newfound favorites. The leaves are what first caught my attention, and the flowers were just icing on the cake! I'm glad you liked the photos! :-)

drP 11 years ago

And, yes, even the leaves are beautiful. :)

drP 11 years ago

One of my favorites. I get wistful just looking at these beautiful pictures.

Jacob Gorneau
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Jacob Gorneau

Greenville, New York, USA

Spotted on May 4, 2013
Submitted on May 7, 2013

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