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Old Apr 29, 2014, 10:31 PM   #1
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Was trying to learn more about our native East Tennessee Trillium species, when I stumbled upon some references to a new species. It's a great story about successful citizen science. Some interested, observant landowners noticed an odd Trillium on their property that they could not identify. So they contacted botanists at the University of Tennessee. After much study, the botanists have determined that it is a species new to science!
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Thanks to the kindness of these botanists, I was able to visit the area where the new species is found, and also located another healthy population right nearby.
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This new species is named Trillium tennesseense, so I guess we can call it Tennessee Trillium.
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It thrives close to small streams, and grows in association with a rather rare native Phlox species.
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And right near the newest population, we also found a healthy stand of another unusual wildflower. You can see why it's called "shooting star!"
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Am looking forward to returning to this area to search for more populations of Tennessee Trillium. Hope you enjoyed the glimpses of this NEW plant!
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Mother Nature always has new surprises for us. The Trillium is the provincial flower of Ontario so it's always nice to see them appreciated elsewhere. Great background story to go with the images.

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