Trillium cernuum L.  
Family: Melanthiaceae
nodding trillium, whip-poor-will flower
[Trillium cernuum var. cernuum L., Trillium cernuum var. macranthum L.]
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Christopher Noll  
Etymology: Trillium: Latin tres for three and lilium for lily
Plants: erect, perennial, 8"-16" tall forb
Leaves: Widely oval with a pointed tip in 1 whorl of 3 leaves at the top of the stem
Flowers: white, 3-parted, 1 1/2" wide, green sepals and lance-like petals about equal in length, pinkish anthers not more than 1/4" long; solitary usually nodding below the leaves on 1/2"-2" long stalk; blooms May-June
Fruits: dark red, oval berry, up to 1 1/8" wide
Habitat: wet to moderate moisture; woods, forests
Conservation Status: Native
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Merel R. Black  
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Matthew L. Wagner  
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Merel R. Black  
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Aaron Carlson  
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