Plants found in Tucker Dr. Park
Tucker Dr. park is a trail near a residential area in Worthington, Ohio. The coordinates are 40º5’36.618″ N 83º2’4.814″ W.The trail consists of many different trees, flowers, and shrubs. On the far side of the trail, I was able to see Olentangy River, but I didn’t want to get too close because it was a steep hill. Upon first entry on to the trail is a large field filled with beautiful flowering plants that I will show and describe later. I continued the trail going North and was surrounded with a variety of trees and shrubs.
The first shrub I found was a Tatarian Honeysuckle. It’s scientific name is Lonicera tatarica. It contains fruit that are red and beed-like. Its leaf arrangement is opposite, and its leaf complexity if pinnately compound. The fruits of this shrub are mildly poisonous upon consumption. You won’t die if you eat one, but you’ll just have some stomach issues if you do.
The second shrub I found was a Smooth Allspice scientifically known as Caleycanthus fertilis. I found this shrub near Olentangy River off the trail of Tucker Dr. park. The leaf arrangement is opposite. The leaf complexity is pinnately compound. The stems of this shrubs are also very fragrant.
The first tree I found was a Carolina Buckthorn. The scientific name for this tree is Rhamnus caroliniana. The leaf arrangement is alternate, and the leaf complexity is simple. It is said that the fruits of this tree can be used for medicinal purposes but can also be toxic.
The second tree I found was an American Hackberry, scientifically known as Celtis occidentalis. The leaf arrangement and leaf complexity alternate and pinnately compound respectively.
The first flower that I found has two common names Wild Sweet William and Meadow Phlox. The scientific name for this flower is Phlox maculata. This is a “perfect” flower and contains radial symmetry. The leaf arrangement is opposite, and the flowers are terminal. This flower attracts a variety of pollinators such as butterflies and humming birds. It is also food for moth caterpillars.
The second flower I found was a Woodland Sunflower, scientifically known as Helianthus divaricatus. This yellow flower is, as you can guess, a type of sunflower. It is a “perfect” flower and contains radial symmetry. The leaf arrangement is opposite. The Woodland Sunflower attracts many pollinators as well. As you can see in the photo below, I captured a bee on the center of the flower.
Here is some poison ivy. I wasn’t able to get an up close photo of the plant though because there was no opening from the plants in front of it. We all know to look out for leaves (leaflets*) of three and to let it be. Some other characteristics you can look out for is its small clusters of white or yellow berries as wells a veiny red stem. The middle leaflet will also likely be the largest compared to the side leaflets.
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