Whetstone Park in Columbus, Ohio is a nature preserve near The Ohio State University. This park exhibits many kinds of trees, flowers, and shrubs. I chose to look at these trees and plants just off the area of the Columbus Park of roses location. I found many species of plants, and here highlights many that I documented from the area I explored. I identified these plants using the “Wildflower Guide” by Lawrence Newcomb. As well, I used the identification book “Trees and Shrubs” by George A. Petrides. I hope you can find entertainment from my searches!
Bush Honeysuckles ( Lonicera periclymenum)
The first shrub that I encounter in this area is the bush Honeysuckle.
This next plant that I explored, in the shrub category is Buckthorn. An interesting fact about buckthorn is the berries and roots on them are toxic to people (Latham).
This next plant that I documented is one that is very unusual to me. This is the Clematis Terniflora. This flower is an invasive species from the late 1800’s, and is originally from Asia (Wikipedia).
Panicled dogwood (Cornaceae racmosa)
Though I have previously used these last two trees, but there no other trees that I could identify in the area. Expanding on this though, the Maple has opposite leaf arrangement and each leaf is lobed three times. Something interesting about Maple trees is that according to the fossil record, Maple trees were around a longtime black, about 100 million years or more! (Ten tree International) Maples have been used by humans for a long time, for things like lumber because they are sturdy (Schoenfuss).
Beech tree (Fagus)
This next tree I already previously identified, but this Beech tree. Beech trees are opposite in arrangement and they have simple complexity. Something interesting about beech trees that have never mentioned before, is that these trees are monoecious, so this means the flowers on tree contains both male and female parts (Wikipedia). Animals benefit greatly from Beech trees. They are a huge source of food for a large list of animals, including fox, deer, and even humans (Wikipedia). Poison Ivy
This plant is what I identified as poison ivy. It was hard to find, but this specimen has three leaves and was found by a fence line.