Trillium erectum L.
Common Name: STINKING BENJAMIN, RED TRILLIUM, RED TRILLIUM
Coefficient of Conservatism: 7
Coefficient of Wetness: 3
Wetness Index: FACU
Physiognomy: Nt P-Forb

Trillium erectum B. S. Slaughter

Usually in rich, even swampy, deciduous forests.

Frequently said to be distinguished in the field from T. flexipes (and other species) by the strong fetid “wet-dog” odor; however, this odor is noted also in plants which otherwise have all the characteristics of T. flexipes. The white-flowered form (with dark or pale ovary) [f. albiflorum R. Hoffm.] and the yellow-flowered form [f. luteum Louis-Marie] are both known from Michigan.

Locations

Alcona County
Clare County
Emmet County
Grand Traverse County
Huron County
Kalamazoo County
Kent County
Lapeer County
Leelanau County
    Including Fox Islands
    Including Manitou Islands
Macomb County
Muskegon County
Oakland County
Oceana County
Presque Isle County
Sanilac County
St. Clair County
Tuscola County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 10, 2017. http://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=2730.