Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier Flora -- Trillium ovatum -- (Western Trillium)

photos by Susan McDougall


Trillium ovatum

Seen at roadsides and in deep or open forests alike, the trillium is a common species at the Park. The flowers are composed of three petals, three sepals, and leaves in threes.

Location: Park road between Tahoma Creek and Kautz Creek, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: April 30, 2014

Author: Susan McDougall
Park road between Tahoma Creek and Kautz Creek, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.735, -121.8438, 2442
Date: April 30, 2014
Trillium ovatum

Western Trillium grows from the low elevation forest to the subalpine, and thus enjoys an extended flowering season; it is not unusual to encounter the bright blossoms from April to July.

Location: Carter Falls trail, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: June 10, 2014

Author: Susan McDougall
Carter Falls trail, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.7647, -121.7654, 3724
Date: June 10, 2014
Trillium ovatum

The petals fade to maroon as they age, but this flower is unusual in having pinkish petals when first opened. This is subspecies ovatum.

Location: Stevens Canyon, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: June 11, 2014

Author: Susan McDougall
Stevens Canyon, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.7673, -121.6992, 4225
Date: June 11, 2014

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