Finding Ferns


Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 1:00pm to Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 12:45pm




Fillmore Glen State Park


Audrey Bowe and company


How many species of ferns will we find at Fillmore Glen? Bring your field guides and hand lenses! Meet at CCE at 1 pm to carpool.Alternatively, meet at Fillmore Glen at 1:45. We’ll park at the lower entrance and meet in front of the building with the picnic tables.


How many ferns DID we find at Fillmore Glen?  Sixteen! It was an absolutely wonderful day, cool under the trees. We walked up the gorge trail, and back down the rim trail.  A few ferns that have been seen there before were not seen this trip, but we found lots of walking fern and lots of northern beech fern (aka "mustache fern" per Audrey). The only ostrich fern was clearly planted as an ornamental, but we counted it anyway. The Aralia racemosa was in full bloom and very prolific. The woods along the gorge trail are very rich, full of hepatica, ginger, Tiarella, Thalictrums, and ferns (!). If you haven't been to Fillmore Glen recently, consider going now.  The swimming area and entry area are repaired and open. It was hard to tell that there was a draught going on if you just looked at the gorge trail.


The list of ferns we saw is below, followed by a list of everything ELSE we saw. Thanks to Susanne for keeping the list, and to Audrey, Anna, and Mike for identifying puzzling plants.


 FERNS seen at Fillmore Glen 2016-08-06

Adiantum pedatum

maidenhair fern

Asplenium rhizophyllum

walking fern

Asplenium trichomanes

maidenhair spleenwort

Athyrium angustum

northern lady fern

Cystopteris bulbifera

bulblet fern

Dennstaedtia punctilobula

hay-scented fern

Deparia acrostichoides

silvery glade fern

Dryopteris intermedia

intermediate wood fern

Dryopteris marginalis

marginal wood fern

Gymnocarpium dryopteris

oak fern

Matteuccia struthiopteris

ostrich fern

Onoclea sensibilis

sensitive fern

Phegopteris connectilis

northern beech fern

Polypodium virginianum

Virginia polypody, rockcap fern

Polystichum acrostichoides

Christmas fern

Pteridium aquilinum



OTHER PLANTS seen at Fillmore Glen 2016-08-06

Scientific Name

 Common Name

Acer pensylvanicum

moosewood, striped maple

Acer rubrum

red maple

Acer saccarinum

sugar maple

Acer spicatum

mountain maple

Actaea pachypoda

white baneberry

Actaea rubra

red baneberry

Agrimonia gryposepala


Anemone acutiloba (aka Hepatica)

sharp-lobed hepatica

Anemone virginiana


Apocynum androsaemifolium

spreading dog-bane

Aquilegia canadensis

wild columbine

Aralia nudicaulis

wild sarsaparilla

Aralia racemosa var. racemosa

American spikenard

Arisaema triphyllum


Asarum canadense

wild ginger

Betula alleghaniensis

yellow birch

Carex plantaginea

plantain-leaved sedge

Castanea dentata

American chestnut

Caulophyllum giganteum

blue cohosh

Chimaphila umbellata


Circaea alpina ssp. alpina

dwarf enchanter's-nightshade

Climacium dendroides

tree moss

Collinsonia canadensis

stoneroot, horse-balm

Conocephalum conicum

scented liverwort

Daphne mezereum

paradise plant

Diervilla lonicera


Epipactis helleborine


Erigeron annuus

annual daisy fleabane

Eurybia divaricata

white wood aster

Eutrochium maculatum

spotted Joe-Pye-weed

Fagus grandifolia

American beech

Fraxinus americana

white ash

Galium triflorum

fragrant bedstraw

Gaultheria procumbens


Geranium maculatum

wild geranium

Geranium robertianum

herb Robert

Hackelia virginiana

Virginia stickseed

Hamamelis virginiana

witch hazel

Huperzia lucidulum

shining clubmoss

Hydrophyllum canadense

Canada waterleaf

Hydrophyllum virginianum

Virginia waterleaf

Hylodesmum glutinosum (Desmodium glutinosum)

pointed-leaved tick-trefoil

Impatiens pallens

jewelweed, yellow flowers

Laportea canadensis

wood nettle

Liriodendron tulipifera

tulip tree

Lobelia inflata

Indian tobacco

Lonicera canadensis

fly honeysuckle

Lycopus virginicus

Virginia bugleweed

Maianthemum canadense

Canada mayflower

Maianthemum racemosum (Smilacina racemosa)

false Solomon’s seal

Medeola virginiana

Indian cucumber root

Mitchella repens


Osmorhiza longistylis

long-styled sweet-cicely

Oxalis montana

northern wood sorrel

Parthenocissus quinquefolia


Podophyllum peltatum


Polygonatum pubescens

downy Solomon’s seal

Prunella vulgaris


Prunus serotina

black cherry

Quercus rubra

northern red oak

Ribes cynosbati

prickly gooseberry

Rubus allegheniensis

common blackberry

Rubus odoratus

purple-flowering raspberry

Sanicula odorata (S. gregaria)


Sassafras albidum


Solidago arguta

cut-leaved goldenrod

Solidago bicolor


Solidago caesia

blue-stemmed goldenrod

Solidago flexicaulis

zigzag goldenrod

Solidago rugosa

wrinkle-leaved goldenrod

Streptopus lanceolatus

rosy twisted stalk

Symphyotrichum prenanthoides


Taraxicum officinale


Taxus canadensis

American yew

Thalictrum dioicum

early meadow rue

Thalictrum pubescens

tall meadow rue

Thuidium delicatulum

feather moss

Tiarella cordifolia


Tilia americana

American basswood

Toxicodendron radicans

eastern poison ivy

Trillium erectum

red trillium

Tsuga canadensis

eastern hemlock

Tussilago farfara


Ulmus rubra

slippery elm

Viburnum acerifolium

maple-leaved viburnum

Viburnum alnifolium


Vinca minor

periwinkle, myrtle

Vitis riparia

riverbank grape