The site I chose to survey is a small wetlands preserve right near my home in Westerville. The site, “College Knolls Wetland Preserve,” is a fairly small preserve with a walkable trail. When I visited, the site was flourishing with all sorts of greenery. Throughout my exploration of this wetlands preserve, I found a multitude of different vegetative and flowering species. Down below, I’ll highlight some that stood out to me.

callery pear (Pyrus calleryana, Rosaceae)

Throughout this preserve I found an abundance of callery pear. Not-so-fun fact, callery pear is actually an invasive tree species. Below, you can see this fruiting callery pear’s glossy curled leaves. The species originates from Asia, and their white flowers give off a not-so-pleasant odorous smell.

white mulberry (Morus alba, Moraceae)

Like red mulberries, white mulberries from mulberry trees are actually edible. As seen in the picture, white mulberry leaves are glossy and irregularly lobed. White mulberries fruit late in the spring so, unfortunately, the one I found at this wetlands was not in fruit.

Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii, Caprifoliaceae)

Here’s another not-so-fun fact (can you guess it?), Amur honeysuckle is also a wildly invasive species that hinders native plant health. This preserve was festering with it. As you can see in the picture, the bushes produce little red berries- that should not be consumed by humans.


hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium, Convolvulaceae)

wild carrot (Daucus carota, Apiaceae)

As you can see below, I found some wild carrot dispersed throughout the trail. I found some live flowering specimens as well as some dried out ones. Like how we learned in class, wild carrot is part of the parsley family. They are edible and oftentimes used for medicinal purposes.


longroot smartweed (Persicaria amphibia, Polygonaceae)


poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans, Anacardiaceae)

Finally, nestled in the underbrush, we have some poison ivy, or Toxicodendron radicans. In helping to avoid poison ivy growing up, I was always told the rhyme “leaves of three, let them be.”  When attempting to ID poison ivy, just note that poison ivy has compound leaflets of three, each with toothed edges.