Species found at Emily Traphagen Park

Surveying Emily Traphagen park, and the different habitats there, here are 20 different species I’ve found and their accompanying coefficients of conservatism scores below. I’ve also calculated the Floristic Quality Assesment Index to be 14.55.

  • Black walnut (5)
  • Eastern hornbeam (5)
  • Slippery elm (3)
  • Hackberry (4)
  • Black locust (0)
  • Pin oak (5)
  • Honey locust (4)
  • Sugar maple (5)
  • American beech (7)
  • Tulip tree (6)
  • Catalpa (0)
  • Black raspberry (1)
  • Amur honeysuckle (0)
  • Multiflora rose (0)
  • Poison Ivy (1)
  • spotted touch me not (2)
  • Virginia creeper (2)
  • Gray goldenrod (2)
  • Canada moonseed (5)
  • Riverbank grape (3)


4 Highest CC scores

American Beech (Fagus grandifolia) : A good distinctive identifying feature of Beech is the smooth gray bark. Their fruits are eaten by many wildlife, including ruffled grouse, wild turkey, bobwhite, pheasant, black bear, raccoon, red and gray foxes, whitetail deer, cottontail rabbit, gray, red, and flying squirrels, porcupine, and opossums (Petrides).

Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera): The leaves of a tulip tree are very distinctive, they have notched-tip, 4-pointed hairless leaves. Indians made trunks into dugout canoes. Tulip trees are also used for furniture, interiors, shingles, boats, implements, boxes, toys, pulp and fuel (Petrides).

Canada Moonseed (Menispermum canadense): Moonseed is a scrambling vine with large shallow lobed leaves. They have a pretty distinctive shape when you come across them. Their berries shouldn’t be eaten, as they are poisonous (Petrides).

Pin Oak (Quercus palustris): A characteristic of pin oak is that the lower branches point downwards, and their acorn cups are shallow. They can be used for fence posts, fuel and general construction.

4 Lowest CC Scores

Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia): A distinctive characteristic of Virginia creeper is the 5 toothed leaflets, arranged like the spokes on a wheel (Petrides). Their berries are eaten by many birds, mice, chipmunks and skunks (Petrides).

Gray goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis): Although there are several species of goldenrod, a distinctive feature to get you in the right direction are their yellow flower clusters. By looking at the habitats and basal leaves you can narrow down to the specific species. They are often used in native landscapes, rock gardens, butterfly gardens, and meadow plantings (USDA.gov).

Riverbank grape (Vitis riparia): A distinctive feature of the riverbank grape is the deeply lobed, shiny leaves. It can smother and kill shrubs and small trees (Illinois wildlflowers).

Black raspberry (Rubus occidentalist): A distinctive feature of black raspberry is the white powdery look on the stems. The leaves can be used for tea, and the shoots can be used in salads (brandeis.edu).