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Trout lily



Classification:

Family:  Liliaceae
Genus, species:  Erythronium americanum

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

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

More Information:

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. 

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