Trout lily flowers in the woods

Botanical Nerd Word: Cernuous

Cernuous (sern-you-us): Drooping or nodding.*

Trout lilies (Erythronium americanum), coming into bloom now in the woods, have cernuous blooms.

*Harris, J.G., Harris, M.W. (2001). Plant identification terminology: An illustrated glossary (2nd ed.). Spring Lake: Spring Lake Publishing.

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