Our first adventure was a marsh area around Darby Creek, it had grasses on low-lying land and various flowers among the many woody plants. And as for the ground… WET!! Marshes are known for being waterlogged but changes in season/tide. This location has trees like Cottonwood, and American sycamore. Herbs and weeds like Wool Segde-Scirpus cyperinus(Right), Monocot Grasses, Cattail(Left), Fireweed and Smartweed!
Jewelweed – Balsaminaceae Family
Our next spot was a prairie in Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. It was filled with many tall grasses, wildflowers and shrubs! Grasses including big blue stem(below) & indian grass! My favorite herbaceous plant from this site(above) is the Jewelweed ; this plant also commonly named “touch-me-not” has a exciting way of peeling back its protective coat around the seed when aggitated(touched) and send the seeds flying! Not to mention how beautiful that flower/color is?! Other plants like woody oaks and wildflowers like sawtooth sunflower and false white indigo.
Cedar Bog that isn’t a bog… aka, a fen, is a low area in ohio that was carved out by incoming glaciers from the west. This place seems to be missnamed because the geography of it actially ‘flushes’ or it has an exit flow of water at the bottom. Bogs on the other hand, clog at the bottom, due to no underlaying water supply and or becuase of the type ot material underneath the soil like too many dead plants/soil/dense clay that would prevent flushing. This western area of land is underlaid with sand and gavel which promotes flushing and creates an aquifier underneath as a water supply! These factors are all what lead to this area being less acidic that the easten region and allow these certain plants to thrive in the nutriet rich soils!
Two ** Two, Drupes!
(with red drupes)
Poison Sumac- Anacardiaceae Family
(with white/green drupes)