Index for Album F-2000-07-02: Foraging in Central Park - July 02, 2000

Foraging in Central Park. Based on a tour given by "Wildman" Steve Brill.

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1 Poor man's pepper Poor man’s pepper
Scientific name: Lepidium virginicum

2 Poor man's pepper flower closeup Poor man’s pepper flower closeup.
Scientific name: Lepidium virginicum

3 Field garlic flower bud Field garlic flower bud.
Scientific name: Allium vineale

4 Field garlic flower Field garlic flower.
Scientific name: Allium vineale

5 European cut-leaf blackberry European cut-leaf blackberry. More lobs on leaf than American variety. Stems have flat surface (raspberries have round stems).
Scientific name: Rubus laciniatus

6 European cut-leaf blackberry with flower (that is past its prime) European cut-leaf blackberry with flower (that is past its prime).
Scientific name: Rubus laciniatus

7 Greater rag weed Greater rag weed. A common allergen. A correspondent states you can eat ragweed leaves before the plant flowers, but it is probably better known as a remedy for HAY FEVER! For the remedy, you would want to collect the plant before it flowers (i.e., before allergenic pollen is present) and dry it for tea or make a tincture in vodka. Then it will be handy when fall hay fever season comes around. It is also perfect for people with cat allergies who get those runny itchy eyes when they come in the same room with felines.
Scientific name: Ambrosia trifida

8 Poison ivy Poison ivy
Scientific name: Toxicodendron radicans

9 Common nightshade Common nightshade. Poisonous. Looks like candle with shade.
Scientific name: Solanum nigrum

10 Unknown small mushrooms Unknown small mushrooms.

11 Pond Pond

12 Pond Pond

13 Common plantain Common plantain. From Europe. Oval leaf. Mash leaf and put on mosquito bite.
Scientific name: Plantago major

14 Stand of cattails Stand of cattails.
Scientific name: Typha latifolia

15 Cattails closer up Cattails closer up.
Scientific name: Typha latifolia

16 Epazote Epazote
Scientific name: Chenopodium ambrosioides

17 Lady's thumb with pink flower Lady’s thumb with pink flower. Edible in salad greens.
Scientific name: Polygonum persicaria

18 Common violet Common violet. Has been mowed so there is new growth which is edible now. Usually only edible in the spring.
Scientific name: Viola papilionacea

19 Witch hazel Witch hazel. Berries inedible. Cambium under bark is harvested for astringent.
Scientific name: Hamamelis

20 Witch hazel closer up Witch hazel closer up.
Scientific name: Hamamelis

21 Chickweed Chickweed
Scientific name: Stellaria media

22 Wild lettuce Wild lettuce. Now bitter.
Scientific name: Lactuca canadensis

23 Sow thistle Sow thistle. In dandelion family.
Scientific name: Sonchus

24 Garlic mustard Garlic mustard. Out of season, but has been mowed and there is edible new growth.
Scientific name: Alliaria officinalis

25 Hawthorne berries Hawthorne berries.
Scientific name: Crataegus species

26 Wood sorrel Wood sorrel.
Scientific name: Oxalis acetosella

27 Wildman showing poisonous white snakeroot and telling story Wildman showing poisonous white snakeroot and telling story.
Scientific name: Ageratina altissima

28 Day lily Day lily. Flowers are edible and only last one day.
Scientific name: Hemerocallis

29 Russula mushroom Russula mushroom. Some are good to eat. This one smells like almonds. Tastes bad, but not poisonous.

30 Chestnut bolete Chestnut bolete
Scientific name: Gyroporus castaneus

31 Chestnut boletes Chestnut boletes. One of the tour participants really liked mushrooms. Here she’s showing off her find.
Scientific name: Gyroporus castaneus

32 Sassafras Sassafras. Note three different shapes of leaves.
Scientific name: Sassafras albidum

33 Linden tree Linden tree. Has some flowers left. Flowers make great tea with medicinal properties. Berries not edible. The fruits are edible, just there’s not much to eat.
Scientific name: Tilia americana

34 Beech tree fruits Beech tree fruits. Inside three sided nuts and shells. Then beechnuts in Sept and Oct.
Scientific name: Fagus

35 White snakeroot in situ White snakeroot in situ.
Scientific name: Ageratina altissima

36 Burdock in hard soil Burdock in hard soil.
Scientific name: Arctium species

37 Hawthorne Hawthorne. Like apples. Note long thorns.
Scientific name: Crataegus species

38 Hawthorne with immature berries Hawthorne with immature berries.
Scientific name: Crataegus species

39 Sweet fern Sweet fern. Likes sandy areas. Cultivated here. Covered with dust from the track around the reservoir.
Scientific name: Comptonia peregrina

40 View across reservoir View across reservoir. Needs wider angle lens.

41 Mugwort Mugwort. For tea.
Scientific name: Artemisia vulgaris

42 Wild lettuce Wild lettuce. Another type.
Scientific name: Lactuca canadensis

43 St. John's wort St. John’s wort. First time Wildman has seen it in Central Park.
Scientific name: Hypericum perforatum

44 St. John's wort St. John’s wort.
Scientific name: Hypericum perforatum

45 Common milk weed Common milk weed.
Scientific name: Asclepias syriaca

46 Black cherry Black cherry. Come back in August.
Scientific name: Prunus serotina

47 Bush honeysuckle Bush honeysuckle. Not good.
Scientific name: Lonicera maackii

48 Butterfly weed Butterfly weed. The other name is pleurisy root. It’s a milkweed with clear sap that’s poisonous, although the root is used for pleurisy.
Scientific name: Asclepias tuberosa

49 Apple tree Apple tree
Scientific name: Malus

50 Mushroom Mushroom. Probably variegated inky cap. Not edible.

51 Burdock root Burdock root.
Scientific name: Arctium species

52 Sweet cherries Sweet cherries. Edible now. (Look for the black berries in the pciture.)

53 Mulberries Mulberries. Note shininess of the leaves.
Scientific name: Morus

54 Juneberry bush Juneberry bush. Related to apples.
Scientific name: Amelanchier species

55 White mulberry White mulberry.
Scientific name: Morus


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