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Olentangy River Wetlands Park-

The Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park is a prairie and wetlands area one mile north of Ohio State University campus used for research and conservation by the university. The land is central around one large area known as the Experimental  Wetlands, which is the main portion of the research area used to study wetland habitats and the organisms that live there. It includes a web-like boardwalk which allows researchers to utilize every portion of the wetlands. The Experimental Wetlands are then surrounded on all sides with prairie or recovering prairie land, a pedestrian biking and jogging path, and restored forest areas lining the Olentangy River. The site also has an educational building and an observational pavilion on the grounds as well.

Map of the Site Provided-

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Trees-

American Crabapple (Malus coronaria)-

American Hazelnut (Corylus americana)-

Shrubs-

Softleaf Arrowwood (Viburnum molle)-

 

Invasive Wild Buckwheat (Fallopia convolvulus)- This Wild Buckwheat was growing on a fence of the walkway leading to the main entrance of the wetlands’ educational building. It is invasive from Europe and parts of Asia. It was historically used as food when people would eat the seeds, however; this is not longer practiced as they are poor in nutritional value.

Flowering/Fruiting Plants-

Flowering Indian Blanket ( Gaillardia pulchella) – A fun fact about Indian Blanket is that it is the Oklahoma state flower and is named so after the legend of a Native American man who would make beautiful red and gold blankets.

Fruiting Wild Senna- (Senna hebecarpa)

An interesting fact about wild Senna is that depending on the exact species, some Senna can grow to ranges in height from 3 to 60 feet and they are also used and approved by the USDA as a rather powerful laxative.

Poison Ivy-

Poison Ivy is a plant with three palmately arranged leaflets often with a red stem that is present in many forested areas. The particular specimen photographed above was found in the more heavily wooded areas of the wetland research park as opposed to the more open or more damp areas. While in these pictures it is still in a stage where there is only one leaf with three leaflets there can be many leaves on the plant, however; the plant will always have exactly three leaflets on each leaf.