I am doing a botanical survey on a neighborhood ravine called Glen Echo Park.
This study site is one of a few ravine parks that surround the Ohio State University Area in Columbus, Ohio. The park can be found only 1 mile north of the Ohio State University’s campus at 40°01’09” N 82°59’56” W. This park is rather small only encompassing 4.2 acres. The park begins in the northeast against 4th Street and runs southwest to Indianola Avenue. The park is primarily steep wooded banks that surround the small and meandering Glen Echo Creek that later flows into the Olentangy River. One can find traditional woodland situated between the steep banks and Clintonville’s neighborhoods. As an urban ravine, several restoration projects and grants have been used to restore the ravine towards its natural ecology.
Let’s get started!
Flowering/Fruiting plant #1
Common name: Pokeweed, Scientific name: Phytolacca americana
Fun Fact: All parts of this plant is poisonous to humans, especially the berries!
Flowering plant #2
Common name: Larger blue flag, Scientific name: Iris versicolor
Fun Fact: Iris flowers are said to symbolize power, with the three parts representing wisdom, faith and courage. This photo was taken in late May in wetland bordering the creek.
Common name: Hackberry, Scientific name: Celtis occidentalis
Common name: Northern red oak, Scientific name: Quercus rubra
Fun Fact: Red oaks are fast growers once open canopy has been achieved. They also can live up to 500 years old!!!
Common name: Amur honeysuckle, Scientific name: Lonicera maackii
Common name: American cranberry bush, Scientific name: Viburnum trilobum
Fun Fact: This bush produces drupes and NOT berries. The drupes of the American cranberry bush is said to be less sour and bitter compared to the European cranberry bush.
!!! HAZARDOUS VINE !!!
Common name: Poison ivy, Scientific name: Toxicodendron radicans
Identifiable features: Occurs in 3 leaves, top leaf is usually larger with a longer petiole compared to lateral leaves. The plant will change colors with the season. It will appear red in the spring, green in the summer and yellow/orange in the fall.