Melanthiaceae of Maine
(Kingdom Plantae, Monocots)

(updated 24 September 2020)

Melianthaceae - trillium family
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Maine is home to 5 species in 2 genera (hybrids excluded). If you know which species you have or are interested in learning about, click on the appropriate link from the species list below. Otherwise, to determine which species your member of the trillium family belongs to, refer to the table below the species list.

   Trillium (4 species)
      Trillium cernuum - nodding wakerobin
      Trillium erectum - red wakerobin
      Trillium grandiflorum - white wakerobin
      Trillium undulatum - painted wakerobin (uncommon)
   Veratrum (1 species)
      Veratrum viride ssp. viride - American false hellebore

char. 1 char. 2 char. 3
Veratrum viride

Trillium (wakerobin)
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red font = character state unique or nearly so petal color char. 2 char. 3
T. cernuum white
T. erectum red-purple
T. grandiflorum
T. undulatum white with bright red near the base

   Trillium cernuum (nodding wakerobin) - [information to be added]
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   Trillium erectum (red wakerobin) - [information to be added]
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   Trillium grandiflorum (white wakerobin) - [information to be added]

   Trillium undulatum (painted wakerobin) - [information to be added]
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Veratrum (false hellebore)
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   Veratrum viride ssp. viride (American false hellebore) - [information to be added]
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   1. Taxonomy and nomenclature follow Flora Novae Angliae by Arthur Haines (2011, Yale University Press, ISBN 978-0-300-17154-9).