Wildflowers: Appalachian woodlands ID please!

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  1. Vmates

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    Hello all. I have another plant requiring ID. This one grows profusely in the deep rhododendron forests of Appalachia. Specifically, I found this at Elk River Falls, near the NC/TN boarder.

    It seems to prefer low light (dense forest conditions) and grows typically out of mossy areas around the base of trees. It has a single stiff stalk with a whirl of five pinnate leaves a few inches from the ground. Older plants have the stalk continue a few inches more then a whirl of three leaves, where one-three tiny yellowish/greenish flower head open. The flower petals curl strongly backwards, and looks like some of the Asiatic lilies in form. But this flower is tiny.

    The plant seems to emerge from a single small (1/2 inch long) bright white, very shiny tuber. I pulled some to plant in my mountain garden under similar growing conditions and did not think about taking these photos until the plants were in the ground.

    I have searched several on-line sites and my plant encyclopedias, but I cannot find a match. I'd like to establish this plant around my home and I would like to identify it for care purposes. Any help would be appreciated!
     

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    Awesome! Thanks for a quick response. I felt these were in the lily family, but the size and stiff stalk really threw me. Thanks again!
     

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