The area I chose to survey was Sharon Woods in Sharonville, Ohio. This is a wooded area with playgrounds, a snack bar , many different trails of varying lengths, and boat rentals. There is a large lake with a trail around it – where I chose to survey. This area has many different types of trees, shrubs, and flowers. This vegetation is slightly off the trail where it would not be trampled but still easily visible. During my first visit, I noticed quite a bit of different vegetation just in the one section I observed.
Trees Found in Sharon Woods:
One of the first trees I found during my initial visit was a mulberry tree or Morus alba as can be seen below. While there were no fruits seen on the tree when I visited, they usually produce fruits that look somewhat like blackberries or raspberries. These fruit usually are seen from June-August.
Next, I found a Roughleaf Dogwood or Cornus drummondii. Like the name implies, the leaves of this tree has a rough, almost sandpapery leaves. As is seen in the photo below, they currently have small, white, round fruit that will eventually blossom into white flowers. During my survey, I didn’t see too many tree with fruits so it was exciting to find one!
I also found a Redbud or Cercis. As we learned in class, the myth of the redbud tree says that redbuds originally had white flowers but after hanged himself using a redbud, the tree blushed pink in shame.
Another tree that was found was the Black alder or Alnus glutinosa. The black alder is commonly used in making paper and is originally from Europe, however has been brought over in the United States to control erosion.
One of the first flowers I found in my surveyed area was a familiar one – Daucus carota or Queen Anne’s lace! After identifying it in class a couple times, it was somewhat easy to spot.
Another flower that caught my eye was the Woodland sunflower or Helianthus divaricatus. The bright yellow in a sea of greens stood out to me. While these plants are an invasive species, they also provide a good source of food for birds, their seeds often being put into birdseed mixes.
While there weren’t many of them, the flowers I did see during my visit to Sharon Woods were quite bright. This next one is a beautiful orange color and known as Orange jewelweed or Impatiens cape sis. While that name didn’t sound familiar to me, I had heard of Touch-me-nots, which the Orange jewelweed is a species of. This name comes from their seed dispersal method of expelling their seeds when touched.