Wild wonders in Bates

Siena Nelson, 10, of Bates Township was exploring in the woods near her home. Amid trillions of trilliums, as in a field of clover, finding a four-petal specimen feels quite lucky. Would the “quad” version of a trillium then be referred to as a “quadllium? Take a close look at the number of stamens (those long fuzzy yellow things that make the pollen) and the number of styles (the white in the very center.) A normal trillium has six stamens and three styles, but not this one. It has eight stamens and four styles. It’s a unique find, and photos were shared with her classmates.  (Siena Nelson photo)