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4/17/04 Garrie Rouse

Wake Robin
(white form)

Keeneys Creek, New River Gorge, West Virginia

This is a (creamy) white form of an otherwise maroon colored Trillium. For all its beauty, this member of the Lilly Family has an unpleasant scent and is also known as "Stinking Benjamin". The maroon colored flower parts, combined with the ill scent, are a strategy to attract carrion feeding insects (such as flies and beetles) for cross pollination.

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Garrie Rouse05-Jan-2006 16:38

Thank you for the compliment. But, for me, the image has the opposite effect. For me, the petals and stamens act to lure me into the photograph ... towards the center of the flower.

Carmen08-Dec-2004 00:48
I just had to track this down from the thumbnail -- it's a gorgeous shot all around. Really stunning; it just leaps off the page. (glad I can't smell it, though!)