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Trout lily


Family:  Liliaceae
Genus, species:  Erythronium americanum

Leaves are lance-shaped or ovate. Leaves are mottled with pale green, grayish green, and brown. Leaf surface is smooth and waxy.

Each plant produces one flower, early during the spring. Flower petals are yellow. Stamens are brown.

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The common name, trout lily, refers to the similarity of the leaf markings to the markings on a brown trout or a brook trout.  Erythronium is from the Greek for "red," possibly referring to the dark reddish stamens.