Dog-toothed Violet: What’s In A Name?

photograph and text by Tony Oppersdorff Consider a few of Maine’s lesser-known creatures: the wandering glider, the widow skimmer, the ebony boghaunter, or the zigzag darner, and my favorite, the stygian shadowdragon: all harmless, beneficial Odonata, or dragonflies. By comparison, the dog-toothed violet (Erythronium americanum), seems almost prosaically named, but why dog tooth? For the […]