28 January 2011

To Honor a Botanical Legend

A couple of weeks ago, the botanical world lost one of its finest when Fred Case passed away at the age of 83. Fred, a botanist and high school biology and natural science teacher, authored three botanical works: Wildflowers of the Northeastern States, Orchids of the Western Great Lakes Region, and Trilliums (co-authored with wife Roberta, who was also a teacher and field biologist). The latter of these, which has gained acclaim from gardeners and botanists alike, is one of the most treasured books in my collection.

To honor Fred and Roberta, below are photographs of all but one of the species of Trillium that I saw in 2010 (I did not take a photo of Nodding Wakerobin, Trillium flexipes, which I saw in April at Bentley Woods).

Whip-poor-will Flower (Trillium cernuum), June 7, 2010, Pokegama Wetlands, Douglas County, Wisconsin

White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum), April 18, 2010, Bentley Woods, St. Joseph County, Indiana

Ozark Wakerobin (Trillium pusillum var. ozarkanum), April 22, 2010, Shannon County, Missouri

Bloody Butcher (Trillium recurvatum forma recurvatum), April 18, 2010, Bentley Woods, St. Joseph County, Indiana

Bloody Butcher (Trillium recurvatum forma luteum), April 18, 2010, Bentley Woods, St. Joseph County, Indiana

Toadshade (Trillium sessile), April 21, 2010, Spurgeon Hollow, Shannon County, Missouri

Wood Wakerobin (Trillium viride), April 20, 2010, Victoria Glade, Jefferson County, Missouri

Tapertip Wakerobin (Trillium viridescens), April 25, 2010, Mount Magazine, Logan County, Arkansas

Tapertip Wakerobin (Trillium viridescens), unnamed purple-petaled form, April 25, 2010, Mount Magazine, Logan County, Arkansas

Trillium sp., presumably an unnamed purple petaled and sepaled form of Tapertip Wakerobin (Trillium viridescens) growing in the same colony as plants in the previous two photos, April 25, 2010, Mount Magazine, Logan County, Arkansas


Justin Thomas said...

A fitting Trillium tribute! You should describe one of the unnamed forms forma casei!

Scott Namestnik said...

That would certainly be a fitting tribute to Fred...

Lisa at Greenbow said...

A wonderful tribute to Mr Case. It won't be long and we will see these beautiful flowers.

Scott Namestnik said...

Thank you, Lisa. I can't wait until the Trilliums again are in bloom. I have a couple of trips already planned to see a few different species in 2011.

Mike Whittemore said...

Scott, got your email. Wow, didn't know var. ozarkanum flowered that late. I might have to rethink my visit time. Thanks a lot for the info!

L said...

Scott and Lindsay,

I am a volunteer working on this year's Friends' School Plant Sale in St. Paul, MN. This sale has grown to be the largest annual plant sale in Minnesota; it raises a good deal of scholarship money for the school and has for over 20 years. We have a wonderful print catalog each year, but it can only accommodate photos of a small percentage of the plants we offer. Our goal is to have a picture of each plant offered on the website. I am a volunteer tasked with finding the pictures for new plants and I am have a difficult time finding a good photo of an Trillium recurvatum . You have a beautiful picture on this blog post. http://handlensandbinoculars.blogspot.com/2011_01_01_archive.html
Might we use it? Proper attribution would be given.

If we find others that we need, might we use them?

If you would like to know more about our plant sale, here is our website: http://www.friendsschoolplantsale.com/history/ or you can ask me!

Please contact me if you have any questions,

Laurie Krivitz

Scott Namestnik said...

Hi Laurie. I will email you directly now.