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, 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!