Bluebells and Other Spring Beauties

When

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 9:00am

What

Walk

Where

Bement-Billings Farmstead Museum trails in Newark Valley

Who

Ken Hull

Description

Ken was excited to show us a large population of Virginia Bluebells which includes the white-flowered form as well as the usual blue. Other spring flowers abound at this site, including Claytonia virginica and Viola striata. 

 

Report

Wow, tons of bluebells! The natural area at this museum is small, and infested with many invasive species.  But at this time of year the native species are easily seen. The Virginia bluebells were extremely dense, as was the false Hellebore, indicative of a nice floodplain.  Below is a list of species seen the day after the FLNPS walk by S. Lorbeer and R. Parker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species seen at Bement-Billings Farmstead Museum in Newark Valley 5/3/2016

Acer negundo var. negundo

box elder, ash-leaf maple

 

Acer rubrum

red maple

 

Acer saccharum var. sacharum

sugar maple

 

Agrimonia gryposepala

agrimony

 

Alliaria petiolata

garlic mustard

 not native, invasive - in bloom

Allium tricoccum

wild leek

 

Amelanchier sp.

shadbush, Juneberry, serviceberry

 in bloom

Artemisia vulgaris

mugwort

 not native, invasive

Calystegia sepium

hedge bindweed

 not native

Cardamine concatinata

cut-leaved toothwort

 in bloom

Cardamine diphylla

two-leaved toothwort

 in bloom

Cardamine pratensis

pink cuckoo bitter-cress

 in bloom

Carpinus caroliniana

musclewood, American hornbeam

 

Carya ovata

shagbark hickory

 

Chelidonium majus

celandine

 not native

Claytonia virginica

Virginia Spring beauty

 in bloom

Clematis virginiana

virgin's bower

 

Cornus amomum

silky dogwood

blue fruit

Crategus sp.

hawthorne

 

Dicentra cucullaria

Dutchman's breeches

 

Echinocystis lobata

wild cucumber

old fruit, seedling

Elymus sp.

wild rye

 

Erythronium americanum

trout lily

 in bloom 5/3/16

Fallopia japonica

Japanese knotweed

not native, invasive

Floerkea proserpinacoides

false mermaid weed

 in abundance!

Fragaria virginiana

wild strawberry

 in bloom

Fraxinus americana

white ash

 

Galium mollugo

wild madder

not native 

Geranium maculatum

wild geranium

 

Glechoma hederacea

creeping charlie

 not native, in bloom

Gleditsia triacanthos

honey locust

 not native

Hesperis matronalis

dame's rocket

 not native

Hydrophyllum virginianum

Virginia waterleaf

 

Impatiens sp.

jewelweed, touch-me-not

seedlings

Juglans cinerea

butternut

 

Lamium purpureum

purple dead-nettle

 not native

Laportea canadensis

wood-nettle

 

Lonicera sp.

shrub honeysuckle

not native, invasive

Lysimachia ciliata

fringed loosestrife

 

Malus pumila

apple tree

 not native

Mertensia virginica

Virginia bluebells

 in bloom

Persicaria virginiana

jumpseed

 

Platanus occidentalis

sycamore

 

Podophyllum peltatum

mayapple

 in bloom

Populus deltoides

eastern cottonwood

 

Populus tremuloides

trembling, quaking aspen

 

Prunus serotina

black cherry

 

Ranunculus abortivus

kidney-leaf buttercup

 in bloom

Ranunculus repens

creeping buttercup

 not native

Rhus typhina

staghorn sumac

 

Robinia pseudoacacia

black locust 

not native

Rosa multiflora

multiflora rose

not native, invasive

Rumex obtusifolius

broad-leaved dock

 not native

Salix nigra

black willow

 

Carex sp.

sedge, clump, narrow leaves

flowering 5/3/16

Symplocarpus foetidus

skunk cabbage

 

Taraxacum officinale

common dandelion

 not native

Thalictrum pubescens

tall meadow rue

 

Tilia americana

American basswood

 

Ulmus americana

American elm

 

Verbascum thapsus

mullein

 not native

Veronica filiformis

slender speedwell

 not native

Viola sororia

common blue violet

 in bloom

Viola striata

creamy violet

 in bloom

Veratrum viridae

false helebore

 

Vitis riparia

riverbank grape

 

Zizia aurea

golden alexanders