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Coefficient of Wetness:
STINKING BENJAMIN, RED TRILLIUM, RED TRILLIUM
B. S. Slaughter
Usually in rich, even swampy, deciduous forests. The southeastern Lower Peninsula is part of the continuous range of this Trillium, but it also occurs in scattered small to larger (several counties) outlying patches elsewhere.
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.