|Mature colony of Erythronium americanum|
This year, I was able to get some good clear photographs showing the two different pollen morphs which I discussed in the last post:
|E. americanum red pollen morph|
|E. americanum yellow pollen morph|
I discuss in my previous post about this flower how this natural variation can be used to test hypotheses about pollen movement in wild settings.
All parts of this plant are edible, but emetic [1,4], so although they can be eaten they will tend to make you puke. If you are going to eat them, please bear in mind when collecting E. americanum the incredible length of time it takes for the plant to reach reproductive maturity and harvest sparingly; do not harvest at all in places where E. americanum is threatened such as Iowa or where its status is unknown such as in Newfoundland & Labrador.
This is a very attractive flower. I managed to get quite a few good photographs that really show the form of E. americanum in all its attractive glory.
|E. americanum flower bud|
|Clump of E. americanum|