Index for Album F-2005-05-08: Foraging in Central Park - May 08, 2005

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

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1 Closeup of Star of Bethlehem flower Closeup of Star of Bethlehem flower. Poisonous.
Scientific name: Ornithogalum arabicum

2 Wisteria Wisteria. Named after a fellow named Wister who brought it from Asia. Only flowers edible.

3 American Elm American Elm. It is edible. Wildman learned about it from a tour participant. It is in the Kinsey book from the 40’s.
Scientific name: Ulmus americana

4 American Elm American Elm. One does not eat the leaves, but the flowers. It has a very short season.
Scientific name: Ulmus americana

5 American Elm American Elm. Closeup of flowers. The greener ones are best.
Scientific name: Ulmus americana

6 American Black Cherry American Black Cherry. Now out of season. A layer of the cambrium (under the bark) is used to make a cough syrup.
Scientific name: Prunus serotina

7 Virginia knotweed Virginia knotweed. Not edible.
Scientific name: Polygonum virginianum

8 Cattails Cattails. All the leaves grow from the bottom of the plant. Peel off outer leaves until tender portion. Tastes like cucumber. In June the flowers have many uses.
Scientific name: Typha latifolia

9 Cattail Cattail. Wildman with a peeled down piece.
Scientific name: Typha latifolia

10 Arrowroot Arrowroot. [Not on tour.]
Scientific name: Maranta arundinaceae

11 Jewelweed Jewelweed. Not much here.
Scientific name: Impatiens capensis

12 Red bud Red bud. Buds edible now. At end of season.
Scientific name: Cercis canadensis

13 Red bud Red bud.
Scientific name: Cercis canadensis

14 Red bud Red bud.
Scientific name: Cercis canadensis

15 Sheep sorrel flowers Sheep sorrel flowers.
Scientific name: Rumex acetosella

16 Sheep sorrel leaves Sheep sorrel leaves. Leaves are in shape of sheep’s head.
Scientific name: Rumex acetosella

17 Blueberry flowers Blueberry flowers.
Scientific name: Vaccinium Cyanococcus

18 A patch of may apples A patch of may apples.
Scientific name: Podophyllum peltatum

19 A may apple fruit hangs under the leaves A may apple fruit hangs under the leaves. Can only eat the fruit when it is yellow.
Scientific name: Podophyllum peltatum

20 A may apple flower closeup A may apple flower closeup.
Scientific name: Podophyllum peltatum

21 False solomon seal False solomon seal. Flower’s are on top. Now out of season. Only in April. The berries are edible, but bitter. It is called false as it has none of the medicinal properties of the eastern solomon seal.
Scientific name: Smilacina racemosa

22 View of Central Park Lake View of Central Park Lake. The buildings are along Central Park South.

23 Curly dock Curly dock. Stem really good now. Also called yellow dock. Best if cooked 2-3 minutes
Scientific name: Rumex crispus

24 Curly dock Curly dock. A leaf closeup.
Scientific name: Rumex crispus

25 Gill-over-the-ground Gill-over-the-ground, or ground ivy. Make tea with it. Member of the mint family.

26 Gill-over-the-ground Gill-over-the-ground, or ground ivy.

27 Chickweed Chickweed. Leaves in twos.
Scientific name: Stellaria media

28 Common plantain Common plantain.
Scientific name: Plantago major

29 Mulberry tree Mulberry tree. In another month there will be berries.
Scientific name: Morus

30 Jet berry Jet berry. Poisonous.
Scientific name: Ardisia humilis

31 Common Violet Common Violet.
Scientific name: Viola papilionacea

32 Spicebush Spicebush. You don’t eat. Makes tea. Native Americans used it for fever.
Scientific name: Lindera benzoin

33 Spicebush Spicebush. Leaves closeup.
Scientific name: Lindera benzoin

34 Northern wild raisin Northern wild raisin. Flowers closeup.
Scientific name: Viburnum opulus or V. cassinoides

35 Northern wild raisin Northern wild raisin.
Scientific name: Viburnum opulus or V. cassinoides

36 Witch hazel Witch hazel.
Scientific name: Hamamelis

37 Cormorants Cormorants. They swim under water.

38 Shepherd's purse Shepherd’s purse. Flowers closeup.
Scientific name: Capsella bursa-pastoris

39 Shepherd's purse Shepherd’s purse. The bottom.
Scientific name: Capsella bursa-pastoris

40 Shepherd's purse Shepherd’s purse. The whole thing. A bit hard to photograph.
Scientific name: Capsella bursa-pastoris

41 Horse chestnut Horse chestnut. Inedible. Can make tincture.
Scientific name: Aesculus hippocastanum

42 Garlic mustard Garlic mustard.
Scientific name: Alliaria officinalis

43 Garlic mustard Garlic mustard. Flower closeup. Flowers have four petals in shape of a cross.
Scientific name: Alliaria officinalis

44 Virginia knotweed Virginia knotweed. We passed some again.
Scientific name: Polygonum virginianum

45 Burdock Burdock.
Scientific name: Arctium species

46 Burdock root closeup Burdock root closeup.
Scientific name: Arctium species

47 Burdock Burdock. See white fuzziness on bottom of leaf.
Scientific name: Arctium species

48 Two burdock roots someone dug up Two burdock roots someone dug up.
Scientific name: Arctium species

49 A large patch of second year garlic mustard that we passed A large patch of second year garlic mustard that we passed. Can return for seeds in the summer.
Scientific name: Alliaria officinalis

50 Kentucky coffee tree Kentucky coffee tree. No leaves yet.
Scientific name: Gymnocladus dioicus

51 Kentucky coffee tree seed pod that I opened Kentucky coffee tree seed pod that I opened.
Scientific name: Gymnocladus dioicus

52 A young Kentucky coffee tree nearby A young Kentucky coffee tree nearby.
Scientific name: Gymnocladus dioicus

53 Ground ivy again Ground ivy again.

54 Blackberry Blackberry.
Scientific name: Rubus laciniatus

55 Blackberry stem closeup Blackberry stem closeup. Stem has flat surfaces.
Scientific name: Rubus laciniatus

56 Bitter dock Bitter dock. Not poisonous, but no good to eat.
Scientific name: Rumex obtusifolius

57 Bitter dock leaf closeup Bitter dock leaf closeup. Note no white fuzzy on leaf underside.
Scientific name: Rumex obtusifolius

58 Sweet cherry Sweet cherry. A European commercial variety. A bird must have brought it here. Started close to a crab apple, so it didn’t get mowed.

59 Violets Violets. Can eat flowers and leaves. Good now. Too bitter in June. Root inedible. It will make you vomit.
Scientific name: Viola papilionacea

60 Field garlic Field garlic.
Scientific name: Allium vineale

61 Field garlic in situ Field garlic in situ.
Scientific name: Allium vineale

62 Field garlic in situ Field garlic in situ.
Scientific name: Allium vineale

63 Field garlic bulb closeup Field garlic bulb closeup.
Scientific name: Allium vineale

64 White violets White violets. Tastes the same as blues, but not as common.
Scientific name: Viola papilionacea

65 Pokeweed Pokeweed. Must not get root.
Scientific name: Phytolacca americana

66 Pokeweed Pokeweed. Wildman explains that it is very good, but difficult to cook. Chop up and cook in boiling water and keep changing the water.
Scientific name: Phytolacca americana

67 Pokeweed with some dead stalks from last year Pokeweed with some dead stalks from last year.
Scientific name: Phytolacca americana

68 Poison ivy in amongst the violets Poison ivy in amongst the violets.
Scientific name: Toxicodendron radicans

69 Sassafras Sassafras.
Scientific name: Sassafras albidum

70 Sassafras Sassafras.
Scientific name: Sassafras albidum


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