Emily Traphagen Park is a hidden gem in Powell, Ohio, located off Seldom Seen Road at 40.1740° N, 83.1173° W. The park has a small parking lot when you enter the site with a children’s play area on the left hand side when enter the park. Ahead of the play area is a shelter which park goers can reserve for special events. There is one opening that leads to a trail with two trail options that then branch off into different routes. The trails have vegetation of all kinds surrounding the trails on either side.


Pictured is Emily Traphagen Park located along Seldom Seen Road

Pictured is Emily Traphagen Park located along Seldom Seen Road

5 plants

American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana) is a small hardwood tree in the genus Carpinus. American hornbeam is also known as blue-beech, and musclewood. It is native to eastern North America, from Minnesota and southern Ontario east to Maine, and south to eastern Texas and northern Florida. It also grows in Canada. The wood is
not subject to cracking or splitting and was used by American pioneers for bowls and dishes. The leaves are alternate, 3–12 centimeters long, with prominent veins giving a distinctive corrugated texture, and a serrated margin. The male and female catkins appear in spring at the same time as the leaves.  (Wikipedia)

American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)

Canadian blacksnakeroot (Sanicula canadensis) – is a member of the  Ranunculaceae family. Inconspicuous, greenish flowers in small, uneven compund umbels on stalks of unequal length. The genus name of this widely distributed species, derived from the Latin sanare (to heal), refers to its once-reputed medicinal powers. Several closely related species are distinguished only by minor technical characteristics.The alternate leaves are usually trifoliate, although some of the smaller upper leaves are simple. The lower leaves often appear to be palmate with 5 leaflets, but this is because each lateral leaflet has been deeply divided into 2 large lobes. (“Plant Database.” Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – The University of Texas at Austin, 7 June 2012, www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=saca15.)

Canadian blacksnakeroot (Sanicula canadensis)

Hercules Club (Zanthoxylum clava-herculis) –  Aromatic, spiny, round-crowned shrub with spreading branches and tiny gland-dots on foliage, flowers, and fruit. The common and Latin species names both refer to the spiny branches. As the alternate names indicate, the bitter aromatic bark is a home remedy for toothache; chewing bark or foliage numbs the pain. It grows to 10–17 m tall and has distinctive spined thick, corky lumps 2–3 cm long on the bark. The leaves are glabrous and leathery,[2] pinnately compound, 20–30 cm long with 7-19 leaflets, each leaflet 4–5 cm long. (“Plant Database.” Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – The University of Texas at Austin, 1 Dec. 2018, www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=ZACL.)

Hercules club (Zanthoxylum clava-herculis)


Common Blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis ) is a species of bramble, known as Allegheny blackberry and simply as common blackberry. Like other blackberries, it is a species of flowering plant in the rose (Rosaceae) family. It is very common in eastern and central North America. It is also naturalized in a few locations in California and British Columbia.  Leaves are alternate, compound, ovoid, and have toothed edges. (Wikipedia)

Common blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis)


Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) – The deciduous leaves of T. radicans are trifoliate with three almond shaped leaflets. Leaf color ranges from light green (usually the younger leaves) to dark green (mature leaves), turning bright red in fall. Each leaflet has a few or no teeth along its edge, and the leaf surface is smooth. Leaflet clusters are alternate on the vine, and the plant has no thorns. There is also a version of poison ivy that looks like a hairy vine crawling up trees that will also have leaflets sprouting out of it. The deciduous leaves are trifoliate with three almond-shaped leaflets. Leaf color ranges from light green to dark green, though other sources say leaves are reddish when expanding, turn green through maturity, then back to red, orange, or yellow in the fall. The leaflets of mature leaves are somewhat shiny. The leaflets are 3–12 cm long, rarely up to 30 cm. Each leaflet has a few or no teeth along its edge, and the leaf surface is smooth. Leaflet clusters are alternate on the vine, and the plant has no thorns. (Wikipedia)

Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)


Flowers and Fruits

Dame’s Rockets (Hesperis matronalis) –  is an herbaceous plant species in the mustard family,Brassicaceae. These plants are biennials or short-lived perennials, native to Eurasia and cultivated in many other areas of the world for their attractive, spring-blooming flowers. In some of those areas, it has escaped from cultivation and become a weed species. The genus name Hesperis was probably given because the scent of the flowers becomes more conspicuous towards evening.  The flowers have six stamens in two groups, the four closest to the ovary are longer than the two oppositely positioned. Stigmas are two-lobed. The four sepals are erect and form a mock tube around the claws of the petals and are also colored similarly to the petals.(Wikipedia)

Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)


Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) – Mayapples are woodland plants, typically growing in colonies derived from a single root. The stems grow to 30–40 cm tall, with palmately lobed umbrella-like leaves The plants produce several stems from a creeping underground rhizome; some stems bear a single leaf and do not produce any flower or fruit, while flowering stems produce a pair or more leaves with 1–8 flowers in the axil between the apical leaves. The flowers are white, yellow or red, and mature into a green, yellow or red fleshy. Mayapples are woodland plants, typically growing in colonies derived from a single root. The stems grow to 30–40 cm tall, with palmately lobed umbrella-like leaves up to 20–40  cm diameter with 3–9 shallowly to deeply cut lobes.(Wikipedia)

Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum)


Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) – is a large genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae, which consists of species commonly known as dandelions. The genus is native to Eurasia and North America, but the two commonplace species worldwide, T. officinale and T. erythrospermum. In general, the leaves are 5–25 cm long or longer, simple, lobed, and form a basal rosette above the central taproot.(Wikipedia)

Dandelion (Taraxcum officinale)

Fire Pink (Silene virginica) – a wildflower in the pink family, Caryophyllaceae. It is known for its distinct brilliant red flowers. Each flower is approximately five centimeters in diameter and composed of five notched, brilliant red petals which extend into a long tube. Fire pink’s principal pollinator is the ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris), which is attracted by the flowers bright red petals and sugary nectar. It is a small (20–80 cm tall), short-lived perennial (2–3 years), with lance shaped leaves. Its stems, and the bases of the flowers, are covered in short sticky hairs. (Wikipedia)

Moss and Lichens

Juniper haircap moss (Polytrichum juniperinum) –  Juniper haircap moss can be identified from the stems that are reddish with grey-green leaves that have a distinctive red-brown tip. The leaves of juniper haircap moss are lanceolate, meaning shaped like the head of a lance, and upright spreading when dry, and when moist, wide-spreading. Although their growth form can be varied, they generally grow in thin, interwoven mats, and hardly as closely associated individuals. (WIkipedia)

Juniper haircap moss (Polytrichum juniperinum)


Common Greenshield Lichen (Flavoparmelia caperata) – is a medium to large foliose lichen that, when dry, has a pale yellow green upper cortex. The lobes usually have patches of granular soredia arising from pustules. The lobes of the thallus may be smooth, but can have a wrinkled appearance especially if it is an older greenshield. The lower surface is black except for a brown margin; the attached rhizoids of the lower surface are black and unbranched. (Wikipedia)

Common Greenshield Lichen (Flavoparmelia caperata)


Many-forked Cladonia (Cladonia furcata). The color of the lichen ranges from grey-green to green-brown. The podetia form tangled mats 2 to 3 inches thick. The individual podetia may be slender to stout and sometimes become irregularly twisted in the cross section. The species grows on soil, and it can be found in all of Ohio except for intensively farmed northwestern counties (Common Lichens of Ohio Field Guide)

Many-forked Cladonia (Cladonia furcata)