Part 1:Four  High CC and Four Low CC

CC List and Values

Great Blue Lobelias-3

Pokeweed-1

Jerusalem Artichoke-3

American Jumpseed-3

Giant Ragweed-0

American Bladdernut-6

Blue Mistflower- 3

Bristly Greenbrier-3

Wild Canada lettuce-1

Common Milkweed-1

Canada Goldenrod-1

Black-eyed Susan-1

White Snakeroot-3

Fly honeysuckle-8

Wingstem-5

American Black Elderberry-3

Pawpaw-6

Amur Honeysuckle-0

Chicory-0

Porcelain Berry-0

The FQAI for the area= 11.41

4 High CC Species

American Bladdernut- CC:6

The main thing that that caused me notice the trees were the actual bladdernuts hanging from the tree! The leaves are opposite, slightly serrate and trifoliate. While this plant is not used to feed many species of wildlife, Meskwaki Indians used the capsules in dances and rituals.

Source: http://www.annarbor.com/home-garden/american-bladdernut-pods-are-a-native-flotation-device/

Fly Honeysuckle-8

The first thing I noticed about this plant were the bright red berries an pinnately compound leaves!
The branches are used as a diuretic, which means it helps you pee! The shoots are used in the treatment of chancres caused by syphilis and the bark is sedative. Basically, there’s nothing this plant can’t cure!

Source: https://wildadirondacks.org/adirondack-shrubs-american-fly-honeysuckle-lonicera-canadensis.html

Wingstem-5

Wingstem has a radiate capitulum, and alternate leaves, with bright yellow flowers. Wingstem is used to help with gastrointestinal issues, as well as joint pain.

Source:https://potomac.org/blog/2019/2/28/natures-medicine-8-native-plants-with-quite-a-history

Pawpaw-6

The pawpaw tree consist of pinnately compound leaves, that smell quite spicy in my opinion. The leaves are about a foot long and taper towards the tip. The extract from a pawpaw tree is used in anti-lice shampoo, as well as in pesticides.

Source:https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12587697/

Common Milkweed-CC:1

This colorful, eaten-up plant showed up in the wetlands, right off the trail. The rounded leaf tips and hairy stem, lead me to my identification. Milkweed also has a very hairy stem! Milkweed has been used by native american children as a source of fiber during the second world war. Many parts of the plant are toxic, so it is not recommended to munch.

Source:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4251941?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents

Black-eyed Susan-1

The dark disk flowers in the center of the capitulum with yellow ray flowers were the primary identifying feature of this flower, along with the serrate leaves that were alternately arranged up the stalk. This flower has been the state flower of Maryland since 1918.

Source:https://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/01glance/html/symbols/flower.html#:~:text=The%20Black%2DEyed%20Susan%20(Rudbeckia,Code%20General%20Provisions%20Article%2C%20sec.

Canada Goldenrod-1

The white hairs along the stem, and alternating leaf arrangement, along with the bright yellow flower clusters, lead me to my ID of Canada Goldenrod. Apparently, goldenrod is one of the most effective treatments for a UTI.

Sources:https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/goldenrod

Blue Mistflower-3

The bright purple capitulum with toothed leaves lead us to our final ID of Blue Mistflower. This plant is known to sooth sore throats and treat skin infections. In the past, people use to use the leaves to bandage wounds due to its antimicrobial properties.

Source:https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2019/2684108/