On this page, I will be describing the plants found at the preserved site called Indian Run. It is located in Dublin and is focused around a small tributary flowing into the Scioto River. This site has a waterfall nestled inside of a ravine, with many species dwelling near the bank of the creek. Unfortunately, this site is absolutely overrun with invasive honeysuckle as far as the eye can see. It seemed that much of the native understory shrubbery, trees, and flowering plants have been displaced by this rampant pest. I did my best in this botanical survey to try and showcase the fascinating native plants of the area, as well as identify them. In this map view we are able to see the creek flowing into the Scioto River.

This tree was spotted growing up on top of the ravine. Looking first at the leaves, they are opposite, simple, with uneven lobing at the base. There are visible teeth on the edges of their heart shapes. Using the bark to assist, we are able to deduce that this is likely an American basswood or Tilia americana. The field guide states that basswoods grow in moist forests, which aligns with our specimen and location. Basswood trees are very low maintenance and have few bothersome pests. They typically live to be around 150 years of age and grow to around 70 feet tall in proper conditions.

Another tree that was spotted at Indian Run was an easily identifiable one. This might be one of the few trees that, when searching in their habitable zones, can be solely identified by its bark. This is the notable American Hackberry or Celtis occindentalis. These trees can live to be 200 years old in most habitable zones!

This species was the only flowering species I could find blooming this late in the year, and apparently was the only flowering plant able to rival the invasive honeysuckle. These petals are very indicative, with their bilateral symmetry and fused shape. They were all found growing together in a moist environment within the ravine. I believe this species is the pale jewelweed, known as Impatiens pallida. They got their genus name from the way that the seeds rapidly expel themselves from the pods, in a nearly impatient manor.

All of the plants seen on the ground in this image are all pale jewelweed! Almost all of them had flowers!

The next species encountered was found in the fruiting phase. It has alternate simple leaf complexity as well as entire leaves. The small bunch of red fruits seen at the tip are classified as berries. My best guess at this species is Solomon’s plume, scientifically named Maianthemum racemoscum. The berries are indeed edible and can be found across the United States, Canada, and Mexico!

This shrubby specimen was found in the moist soil near the creek. It has five ornate leaflets which look pinnately lobed. I was stumped identifying this species using the traditional methods of keying, but using the power of the internet I was able to narrow it down. This looks to be a species of geranium, and the deeply lobed leaves of five leads me to believe that this is wild geranium, Geranium maculatum. This species is far from toxic. In fact, in 2006 wild geraniums were voted herb of the year!

This understory plant was also found in the moist soil near the water. The leaves were much larger than most surrounding ground-dwellers, which caught my eye. Judging by the hairy leaf stems, extreme heart shape, and leaf size, it looks to be a wild ginger of some sort. Again, iNaturalist was able to offer some assistance. This looks to be Canadian wild ginger, Asarum canadense. The roots of wild ginger have antibiotic properties which can be used to treat open wounds!