While hiking in the Catskills we were treated to a wonderful display of wildflowers: spring beauty, painted trillium, red trillium, trout lily, and Solomon's seal lining the path the whole way. Near the end of the trail, we noted something we had never seen before: a painted trillium with four leaves and all flower parts were also present in fours. Is this rare? We would like to propose a subspecies: the painted quadrillium.
Stone Ridge, Ulster County
There are four common species of trillium in New York and two rare ones. This group is well known for its aberrations. There are purple trillium with an occasional white flower, white trillium with green petals or green or pink striped petals and those, like yours, with extra petals and leaves. In addition to the occasional flower with four petals there are also some with six.
--Frank Knight, Environmental Educator
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