Catesby's Trillium Poster

Richard G Witham

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Catesby’s Trillium, Trillium Catesbaei

The Catesby’s is a delicate, slightly nodding Trillium which blooms from April through June in the southeastern piedmont of North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama and the along the lightly shaded woodlands of the Appalachian foothills.
This beautiful wildflower is distinguished from the White Trillium, or Trillium Grandiflorum, by its narrower, sickle shaped petals and leaves and its nodding bloom of three white petals with pinkish casts which usually appears in pink with light traces of white, (The all white Catesby’s is fairly rare). It has three whirled leaves, three strongly curved sepals, three petals and six stamens with yellow anthers. The flowers can be 2 to 3 inches in diameter, and the stalks normally range from 6 to 12 inches in hight.

Named in honor of Mark Catesby – 1679 to 1749

This poster shows the gradual maturation of the flower from before the bloom to full blossom. The photograph in the upper right corner is an example of the normal coloration of the bloom. The rest of the photographs are of a white Catesby’s Trillium which is fairly rare. This particular white bloom had a very light shade of pink along the veins of the petal which gradually grew more pronounced as the petals matured.

These photographs were taken in a forest on the northern outskirts of Habersham county near Sautee, GA.

Also see White Catesby’s Trillium

And “A Flower is Born”

Copyright © 2009 Richard G. Witham All rights reserved

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