I chose Duranceau Park for my botanical survey project. Initially, I signed up for Indian Village Camp on the list, but the name must have changed at some point because the name “Indian Village” only corresponds to the adjacent outdoor education center at the park. The park is located off of Thoburn Road near Griggs Reservior on the west side of the Scioto River. Duranceau is 17 acres in size and features a playground and shelter house for picnicking (The City of Columbus). When I first arrived at the park, I thought I had made a mistake because of how small it seemed to be; there is essentially one trail going through the park and it is cut off by a marina on the Scioto. As I walked the perimeter of Duranceau, I realized that the park was rich in biodiversity, and I had no issue finding various plant species here!
Two New Trees I Found Here:
Black cherry (Prunus serotina). It is distinguishable by its corn flake bark. The black cherry is associated with a variety of pests, including tent caterpillars, borers, and aphids. Its wood is second only to walnut in making wood furniture and interior trim (ODNR).
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba). The leaves of this tree are known for their distinct fan shape. The ginkgo is thought to be one of the oldest living trees, dating back more than 200 million years. Its leaves are eaten for disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease. Gingko has a variety of other uses, as well; it treats conditions due to reduced blood flow in older individuals, leg pain, and even mood disturbances (WebMD).
Two New Vines I Found Here:
Virginia creeper (Pathenocissus quinquefolia).
Riverbank grape (Vitis riparia). This vine can be found predominantly across the central and northeastern parts of the United States. Riverbank grape foliage is typically resistant to mildew and black rot. It has been used extensively in breeding programs to transfer its resistant genes to domesticated grapes. Riverbank grape has a sour taste for humans even when ripe, but it provides food for many bird species (Go Botany).
Two Flowering Plants I Found Here:
Heath aster (Symphiotrichum ericoides).
Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis).
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) Found Here:
Poison ivy can be identified by its infamous three-leaf arrangement; it also takes the form of a hairy vine on the sides of trees. Poison ivy has white fruits that are characteristic of the plant. Beware, because it is found virtually everywhere in wooded areas.