Scavenger Hunt

Daniel and I are into our third year of collecting for the Central Park Flora project. We have collaborated with many people and that has truly been one of the best parts of the project. Together, we have found many species and shared good times. We have taught and we have learned. We still have a ways to go to finish this project and we are reaching out for some help. 

The inspiration that led Daniel and me to embark on this project was the 2013 BioBlitz in Central Park and the paper* published in the Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society in 2007 that documents a previous floral inventory. Documenting the flora of an area every 10 years is good way to monitor what species are there and how their composition changes over time.

We are endeavoring to find each of the species on the 2007 list. Some may not be in the Park anymore, which is inevitable as all floras are dynamic. But we need to do our best to relocate as many species as possible from old lists.

This is where you all come in. Below is a table of species from the 2007 list that we have not yet documented. We included time of year and location seen, when that information was available from Bob's collection labels. We are asking if anyone sees these species in Central Park (or, in fact, any species you think might interest us!), to please contact us so we can document it. It is a botanical scavenger hunt! 


Family Name Scientific Name Common Name Last Seen Location Seen Date
Adoxaceae Viburnum opulus European Cranberrybush 05/23/2007
Amaranthaceae Dysphania botrys Sticky Goosefoot
Asteraceae Bidens connata Purplestem Beggarticks Harlem Meer, West Side 08/09/2007
Asteraceae Hypochaeris radicata Cat's ear
Asteraceae Lactuca biennis Tall Blue Lettuce West Drive at 101st Street 08/07/2007
Asteraceae Solidago juncea Early Goldenrod Reservior, southeast 06/29/2007
Asteraceae Solidago sempervirens Seaside Goldenrod
Asteraceae Symphiotrichum lateriflorum Calico Aster
Asteraceae Symphiotrichum pilosus Hairy Aster 09/25/2007
Brassicaceae Brassica rapa Field Mustard Pool, West Side 05/24/2007
Brassicaceae Hesperis matronalis Dame's Rocket Delacorte, behind, Opposite Island 05/17/2007
Brassicaceae Lepidium didymum Lesser Swine-cress West Drive 06/14/2007
Brassicaceae Raphanus raphanistrum Wild Radish 06/19/2007
Brassicaceae Sinapis arvensis Wild Mustard
Campanulaceae Lobelia inflata Indian Tobacco East Drive at 72nd Street 07/03/2007
Cannabaceae Humulus lupulus Common Hop
Caryophyllaceae Stellaria graminea Common Starwort North Meadow, West Side 06/15/2007
Cyperaceae Carex annectens Yellowfruit Sedge
Cyperaceae Carex radiata Eastern star Sedge
Cyperaceae Schoenoplectus americanus Chairmaker's Bulrush 05/31/2007
Equisetaceae Equisetum arvense Common Horsetail
Fabaceae Medicago sativa Alfalfa Turtle Pond and NW of North Meadow ball fields 06/15/2007
Fabaceae Vicia sativa Common Vetch Turtle Pond 05/04/2007
Fabaceae Vicia tetrasperma Smooth Vetch Turtle Pond 06/14/2007
Geraniaceae Geranium pusillum Small-flowered Crane's-bill 05/30/2007
Iridaceae Sisyrinchium angustifolium Narrow-leaf Blue-eyed Grass Ramble 06/29/2007
Juglandaceae Carya glabra Pignut Hickory
Juncaceae Juncus effusus Soft Rush
Lamiaceae Ajuga genevensis Upright Bugle Ramble 04/18/2007
Monotropaceae Monotropa uniflora Indian Pipe
Onagraceae Oenothera glazioviana Large-flowered Evening-primrose
Poaceae Bromus sterilis Poverty Brome
Poaceae Digitaria ciliaris Southern Crabgrass Delacorte 07/14/2007
Poaceae Holcus lanatus Common Velvet Grass North Meadow ball fields 06/21/2007
Polygonaceae Fagopyrum esculentum Buckwheat Wagner Cove 06/12/2007
Primulaceae Anagallis arvensis Scarlet Pimpernel Yard 06/19/2007
Ranunculaceae Anemone virginiana Tall Anemone Belvedere Castle, foot of stairs 07/10/2007
Ranunculaceae Ranunculus sceleratus Celery-leaved Buttercup Harlem Meer 08/05/2007
Rosaceae Fragaria vesca Woodland Strawberry Turtle Pond, north side 05/03/2007
Rosaceae Prunus x yedoensis Yoshino Cherry
Scrophulariaceae Penstemon hirsutus Hairy Beard-tongue
Urticaceae Urtica dioica Stinging Nettle Turtle Pond, North Side 06/01/2007

*The Naturally Occurring Historical and Extant Flora of Central Park, New York City, New York 1857-2007

Robert DeCandido, Neil Calvanese, Regina V. Alvarez, Matthew I. Brown and Tina M. Nelson
The Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society

Vol. 134, No. 4 (Oct. - Dec., 2007), pp. 552-569The Naturally Occurring Historical and Extant Flora of Central Park, New York City, New York 1857-2007