Ozark Wake Robin
The Ozark wake robin is a woodland trillium. Its flowers consist of three white to pink petals above three green sepals. The slender, solitary stems are dark green with a purplish tinge near the ground. They grow from a thickened rhizome. Its three leaves grow around the stem in a circle. Leaves are dull or grass green, 3/8 to 1 inch wide and 1 5/8 to 3 3/8 inches long. They are blunt or rounded at the tips. A single flower blooms at the end of a short stalk above the circle of leaves. Blooming period: April to May.
The Ozark wake robin can be distinguished from other trillium species by its narrower leaves. The sepals, which are modified leaves immediately beneath the petals, have five instead of three prominent veins. The Ozark wake robin is the only trillium in southwest Missouri with a stem between the leaves and the flower. All other species have the flowers attached immediately above the leaves.