Okidokie, this part nearly broke me trying to find these guys. Due to our sites location we were limited to only lime loving plants from the Jane Forsyth’s article. All of the plants you see below are lime substrate plants found in the Olentangy Wetlands! So, lets not be sour, and jump right into it! (Get it? Sour? Lime? Aren’t you glad this is the last entry where you’ll have to read me trying to be funny?)
In my site, my buddy Griffin and I pulled up, and were greeted by a beautiful redbud tree!
The leaf shape really gave it away after studying them so intensely in class. The leaves are alternate, simple, and 3-5 inches long, however this tree was closer to 5 inches in leaf length! This guy loves lime so much, it grows it’s leaves in the shape of hearts! (That’s is how that works, right?)
Eastern Red Cedar
The only conifer I could find on this site were these awesome red cedars! The branches have the scale-like leaves with blue cones that look like berries! The shaggy bark also confirmed the ID on this guy! And as we said before, he is a lime substrate guy!
At this point of the day, I was desperate for these last two plants so I started going through the article googling each plant, and finding an ID that matched, and boy was I lucky! The bark of a hackberry tree is so distinct, I was able to scout it out fairly quickly!
The lumpy-bumpy bark told me that this was a hackberry! It also had alternate, simple leaves that confirmed my identification! Woohoo!!! Another lime lover down!
This one I did not find in the field site, but a little further away the best part about this was not the tree itself but, wait for it… THE ALBINO SQUIRREL I FOUND ON IT!!!!!!
The leaves are pinnately compound, with bark that can only be described as, crusty looking (cracked and kind of droopy). This was the last lime lover I needed, so it was quite the relief to find this guy!