My site is at Iuka Park. Iuka Park is one of the City of Columbus’s oldest parks. As there is mowing for a walking path and bench area, there are areas full of plants and large trees. Iuka Park is between 4th Street and Indianola Avenue and is north of E 20th Avenue northeast of Ohio State Campus. The area is full of woody plants containing trees of oaks, maples, Sycamore and more. As this area is lower in elevation, there are presence of various herbaceous plants and ferns, which are indicators of a moist environment and more proper drainage. The area has very sloped hillsides bordering the park. The areas not mowed for pathway are dense in plants!
Great Lobelia, Lobelia syphilitica
The Great Lobelia is thought have been used medicinally by Native Americans and other colonist.
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)
Kentucky’s state flower was changed to the Goldenrod in 1926 partially due to its widespread bloom!
Catalpa, Catalpa speciosa
Th e Northern Catalpa is prone to a lot of leave damage by caterpillars of the catalpa sphinx moth.
American Elm, Ulmus americana
According to Britannica.com, the trunks of elm were very useful in domestic life, like as water pipes when hollowed out.
Amur Honeysuckle, Lonicera maackii
Virginia Creeper, Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Canada Wild Rye (Elymus canadensis)
Poison Ivy, Toxicodendron radicans
This poison ivy is distinctive in its three leaf formation and pointed leave shape!
Coefficients of Conservatism for Species Found in Iuka Park
|Common Name (Scientific Name)||Family||Type||CC|
|Norway maple (Acer platanoides)0||Aceraceae||tree||0|
|^Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)||Anacardiaceae||vine||1|
|Poison-Hemlock (Conium maculatum)||Apiaceae||forb||0|
|^Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)||Asteraceae||forb||1|
|^White Snakeroot (Eupatorium rugosum)||Asteraceae||forb||3|
|^Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)||Asteraceae||forb||1|
|Common Burdock (Arctium minus)||Asteraceae||forb||0|
|^New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae)||Asteraceae||forb||2|
|^Pink Thoroughwort (Eupatorium incarnatum)||Asteraceae||forb||4|
|^Flat-topped White Aster (Aster umbellatus)||Asteraceae||forb||3|
|^Spotted Touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)||Balsaminaceae||forb||2|
|Northern Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa)||Bignoniaceae||tree||0|
|Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)||Brassicaceae||forb||0|
|^Redbud (Cercis canadensis)||Caesalpiniaceae||sm||3|
|^Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia syphilitica)||Campanulaceae||forb||3|
|^Cardinal-Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)||Campanulaceae||forb||5|
|Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei)||Celastraceae||vine||0|
|^Spinulose Woodfern (Dryopteris carthusiana)||Dryopteridaceae||fern||5|
|^Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides)||Dryopteridaceae||fern||3|
|^Sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)||Dryopteridaceae||fern||2|
|^American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)||Fagaceae||tree||7|
|^Chinquapin oak (Quercus muehlenbergii)||Fagaceae||tree||7|
|^Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra)||Hippocastanaceae||tree||6|
|^Wild Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens)||Hydrangeaceae||shrub||7|
|^Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)||Juglandaceae||tree||5|
|Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea)||Lamiaceae||forb||0|
|^White Ash (Fraxinus americana)||Oleaceae||tree||6|
|^Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana)||Phytolaccaceae||forb||1|
|^Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)||Platanaceae||tree||7|
|^Canada Wild Rye (Elymus canadensis)||Poaceae||grass||6|
|Lady’s Thumb (Persicaria longiseta)||Polygonaceae||forb||0|
|^Jumpseed (Persicaria virginianum)||Polygonaceae||forb||3|
|^Common Greenbrier (Smilax rotundifolia)||Smilacaceae||vine||4|
|^American Basswood (Tilia americana)||Tiliaceae||tree||6|
|^American Elm (Ulmus americana)||Ulmaceae||tree||2|
|^Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)||Ulmaceae||tree||4|
|^Wood-Nettle (Laportea canadensis)||Urticaceae||forb||5|
|^Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)||Vitaceae||vine||2|
|Common Greenshield Lichen (Flavoparmelia caperat)|
|Star Rosette Lichen (Physcia stellaris)|
Nativity indicated by symbol: ^
Floristic Quality Assessment Index (FQAI)= 118/ (sqrt(30))= 21.544
Floristic Quality Assessment Index (FQAI) Formula:
2 Lowest Species
Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
The Black- Eyed Susan has a bright yellow coloration to its flower petals. The subtending leaves are elongated oval shaped with a dull like green color. The leaves have a fuzzy like texture. Its s center is a brown cone like structure.
Sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)
This fern earned its common name due to its sensitivity to the drop in its environmental temperatures! I found this plant among other ferns and plants at the bottom of a steep slope on the southwest part of Iuka Park at the foot of a house at the top of the hill. Its characteristics include long-stalked, lobed like leaflets with leathery, triangular appearance.
2 Highest Species
Wild Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens)
This Wild Hydrangea was in a cluster of various plants in Ikua Park edging the walkway and drive path. Hydrangea arborescens is from the Hydrangeaceae family has a light green color. The flowers create a corymb inflorescence in radial symmetry. Its flowering buds remain during the winter!
Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)
I found this Sycamore heading North of Ikua Park bordering the left side of the right parthway towards Northwood. Sycamores have broad pointed lobe like leafs like Maples. Sycamores have stipules and its bark has a jigsaw appearance to its coating.Sycamores in its environment creates a canopy for the underlying story and its timber is useful for humans!