Part I

Tucker Road Park

Tucker Road Park is actually the southern part of a much larger park, Olentangy Trails Park.  It is located at the western end of Tucker Drive in Worthington Ohio.  It consists of woody peripheral areas with open grassy areas in the center.  Running alongside the woods on both the eastern (road) side and the western edge of the park are shrubs and small understory trees.  Forming the western edge of the park runs the Olentangy River.  The Olentangy Bike Trail runs north-South through the park almost along the waters’ edge.  The yellow dot below marks the center on a topographical map of Tucker Road Park.

photo source: https://viewer.nationalmap.gov/basic/?basemap=b1&category=ustopo&title=US%20Topo%20Download#

 

Trees!

Black Maple – Acer nigrum

Photo taken at Tucker Road Park

The sap that comes from a black maple makes syrup that is of the same quality of that made from a sugar maple’s sap.

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=a844

 

Ginkgo – Ginko biloba

Photo taken at Tucker Road Park

The Ginkgo tree is one of the oldest extant trees on Earth.

https://hvp.osu.edu/pocketgardener/source/description/gi_iloba.html

 

Shrubs and Vines!

Virginia Creeper – Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Photo taken at Tucker Road Park

 

Pokeweed –  Phytolacca Americana

Photo taken at Tucker Road Park

 

Plants!

Garlic Mustard – Alliaria petiolate

Family: Brassicaceae

Photo taken at Tucker Road Park

A single plant can produce thousands of seeds.

https://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/indiana/journeywithnature/garlic-mustard.xml

 

Creeping Buttercup – Ranunculus repens

Family: Ranunculaceae

Photo taken at Tucker Road Park

 

Poison Ivy!

Toxicodendron radicans

Photo taken at Tucker Road Park

Poison ivy can be identified by its trifoliate leaf complexity.  The margins can be entire, serrate, lobed, or any combination of the three.  The stems of poison ivy are red.

http://www.poison-ivy.org/

 

Part II

Flowering

Dames rocket – Hesperis matronalis

Family: Brassicaceae

Photo taken at Tucker Road Park

The flower is actinomorphic and hypogynous, has 4 sepals, 4 petals, 6 stamens, a syncarpous gynoecium consisting of 2 carpels, and has a raceme inflorescence.  I saw this flower along the Olentangy River Trail.

 

Great Waterleaf – Hydrophyllum appendiculatum

Family: Hydrophyllaceae

Photo taken at Tucker Road Park

The flower is actinomorphic and hypogynous, has 5 sepals, 5 petals, 5 stamens, a uncarpelate gynoecium, and has a raceme inflorescence.  I saw this flower along the Olentangy River Trail.

 

Creeping Charlie – Glechoma hederacea

Family: Lamiaceae

Photo taken at Tucker Road Park

The flower is zygomorphic and hypogynous, has 5 fused sepals, 5 fused petals, 2 stamens, a syncarpous gynoecium consisting of 2 carpels, and has a raceme inflorescence.  I saw this flower along the Olentangy River Trail.

 

Fruiting

Washington Hawthorn – Crataegus phaenopyrum

Photo taken at Tucker Road Park

This plant has a panicle inflorescence and was seen at Tucker Park.

 

Apple Tree – Malus pumila

Photo taken at Hayden Falls

This plant has a panicle inflorescence and was seen at Hayden Falls.

 

Ohio Buckeye – Aesculus glabra

Photo taken at Hayden Falls

This plant has a panicle inflorescence and was seen at Hayden Falls.

I couldn’t make it back to Tucker Road a third time and Hayden Falls is literally a mile from where I live 🙂

 

 

Part III

Lichens

Common Greenshield Lichen – Flavoparmelia caperata

 

Lemon Lichen – Candelaria concolor

 

Wart Lichen – Pertussaria multipunctoides