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Taken April 13, 2010 – Bridgton, Maine
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Starflower (Trientalis borealis Raf.)

Starflower is a member of the Primrose family. The genus name Trientalis is from the Latin meaning “one third of a foot” which corresponds to the plant’s average height. The species name borealis refers to being from the north, although this plant is also distributed in the Midwest and the higher elevations of the southern Appalachian Mountains.

Starflower is a perennial herb that grows from slender, creeping rhizomes. Leaves are simple and occur in whorls of 5 to 9 at the tip of the stem. They are stalk less or on very short stalks and are entire to very finely-toothed. The flowers may occur as a single bloom or sometimes 2 to 3 blooms on slender stalks 3/4 to 2 inches long. Flowers are snow white with 5 to 9 petals and approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter.

Starflower is one of the more common spring wildflowers in eastern North America, occurring in both deciduous and coniferous forests. Depending on latitude and elevation starflowers generally bloom from mid to late spring into early summer. Their habitat preference is open to dappled shade in moist woods but they may be found dry, sandy, acidic soils as well. Star flowers are pollinated by native bees. Starflower generally goes dormant in mid-summer with the leaves yellowing and then falling to the ground so that all that is left is the stem with 1 to 2 tiny seed capsules ripening at the tip. Seeds do not germinate before undergoing a cold stratification and do not germinate until the fall of the second year allowing seeds to be disseminated by insects. Starflowers will establish themselves in succession in old fields that are adjacent to established colonies in old woods.

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  • Ellen Cotton
    Ellen Cottonover 4 years ago

    Absolutely stunning!!

  • Hello Ellen: Thank you for the wonderful compliment on this image. I am pleased that you like it. Very much appreciated.

    – T.J. Martin

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago

    L O V E L Y

  • Hi Lorilee: Nice to hear from you again. Thank you so much for the very kind comments. I appreciate it.

    – T.J. Martin

  • João Castro
    João Castroover 4 years ago

    So beautiful! Great work!

  • Hello Joao: Very nice to hear from you again. I’m so pleased that you like this image. Thank you for the very kind compliment. I appreciate it.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thank You Ray – - – -

    – T.J. Martin

  • Purplecactus
    Purplecactusover 4 years ago

    what a beautiful composition

  • Hello: I am glad that you like this image. Thanks for the very kind comments. Much appreciated.

    – T.J. Martin

  • eyestrange
    eyestrangeover 4 years ago


    Don’t forget to add it to the June Avatar Challenge!

    Only one work can be entered for each challenge.

  • Hello Pat: What a nice surprise it was to read that my “Starflower With New Bud” was chosen to be featured in 1:1 Macro. I am very pleased. Many thanks to the hosts and members of the group for such a nice compliment.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Fiery-Fire
    Fiery-Fireover 4 years ago

    beautiful springing flower :)

  • Hello Iwona: Thanks so much for the nice comments. And, many thanks for adding this image to your list of favorites. Much appreciated.

    – T.J. Martin

  • nysjoyce10
    nysjoyce10over 4 years ago

    Stunning!

  • Thanks so much Joyce. I appreciate the very nice compliment.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Sharon Johnstone
    Sharon Johnstoneover 4 years ago

    Stunning work!!

  • Hi Sharon: I appreciate the very kind compliment. Thanks so much for adding it to your list of favorites. Very much appreciated.

    – T.J. Martin

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethover 4 years ago

    superb…………! and gorgeous.

  • Hello LisaBeth: Very nice to hear from you again. Thanks so much for the nice compliment. I’m pleased that you like this image and have added it it to your list of favorites.

    – T.J. Martin

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