Sunday, April 28, 2013

Don Species: Trout Lily

Trout Lily
Scientific Name: Erythronium americanum
Status: native, common throughout southern Ontario
Where is it found: rich woods, usually in vicinity of sugar maple or beech trees
Where was this photo taken: Crothers Woods
Blooming period: March - May
What's its place in the world: belongs to a class of plants called spring ephemerals. It blooms in wooded areas before the trees leaf out allowing it to flower and seed within the shelter of the forest. An interesting study done in 2002 showed that it can form symbiotic relationships with soil fungus and neighbouring sugar maple trees. I've also seen it near the base of beech trees so it is likely the relationship is there too.

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