Trillium Ridge Flora and Fauna
Eudicots - 4 species
Class: Eudicots (Non-magnoliid dicots)
Phylum/Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
Kingdom: Plantae (Plants)
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Flowering dogwood
Cornus florida
Back yard, south edge, midway
Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood, syn. Benthamidia florida (L.) Spach) is a species of dogwood native to eastern North America, from southern Maine west to southern Ontario and eastern Kansas, and south to northern Florida and eastern Texas and also in Illinois, with a disjunct population in eastern Mexico in Nuevo León and Veracruz.
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Genus: Cornus (dogwood)
Family: Cornaceae (dogwood family)
Order: Cornales (cornales)
Pagoda dogwood
Cornus alternifolia
five specimens along woods edge
It is a small deciduous tree growing to 8 m (rarely 10 m) tall, with a trunk up to 15 cm diameter, and the branches developing in characteristic flat layers separated by gaps. Cornus alternifolia produces small cream colored flowers with four small petals. It bears fruit similar to berries with a blackish blue color. These fruits grow 8-10 mm across.
Genus: Cornus (dogwood)
Family: Cornaceae (dogwood family)
Order: Cornales (cornales)
Mock Orange
Philadelphus (species unk)
Hedge south edge of front yard
They are named "mock-orange" in reference to their flowers, which in wild species look somewhat similar to those of oranges and lemons (Citrus) at first glance, and smell of orange flowers and jasmine (Jasminum).
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Genus: Philadelphus (mock orange)
Family: Hydrangeaceae (hydrangea family)
Order: Cornales (cornales)
Virginia Bluebells
Mertensia virginica
norhtwest corner of woods, east of red oaks
This beloved woodland wildflower is a true harbinger of spring! The distinctive bluish-pink flowers appear soon after the snows of winter retreat northward. This long-lived perennial expands slowly to form beautiful clumps that return year after year.Grows one to two feet tall in rich, slightly moist soil.
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Genus: Mertensia (bluebell)
Family: Boraginaceae (forget-me-not family)
Order: Boraginales (boraginaceae and closely related asterid families)

Flowering dogwood Mock Orange Pagoda dogwood Virginia Bluebells