Glen Echo Park is one of a few ravine parks in the University District and Clintonville area of Columbus, Ohio. The park was dedicated to the city of Columbus in 1912. The ravine runs along the North side of the Glen Echo community, and has foot bridges, a stream, and paved and woodland trails. It is one of my personal favorite places to run!

A view of Glen Echo park on Google maps.

 

A yellow poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera), otherwise known as the tulip tree, beside the stream running through the park (tree on the right).

 

Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) is a common shrub in Glen Echo Park. The leaves have a super distinctive smell, similar to allspice. 

Maple-leaf viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium).

 

The capsules of American hornbeam, also known as Musclewood (Carpinus caroliniana). The nickname comes from the smooth bark that resembles that of a beech tree, but seems to have  muscle-y texture to it. 

A Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) found along the stream in the park. The fruits are referred to as “haws”, and can even be edible! They taste similar to an overripe crabapple. 

 

Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) found growing on a tree in the park. It can be identified by its characteristic “leaves of three” (leave it be!) and thick, woody, hairy vines.

Tree Moss (Climacium)

Trembling Crust (Merulius tremellosus)

Common Greenshield Lichen

 

Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis), CC of 8. It is the state tree of Pennsylvania.

Blue Ash (Fraxinus quadrangulata), CC of 7. I found a small sapling along one of the trails in the upland forest habitat. This plant is super cool because of the four-sided stems!

Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis), CC of 1. This common forb is found all over Glen Echo Park, and is in the ragweed family. It is often blamed for bad allergies!

Common Privet (Ligustrum vulgare), CC of 0. It is native to northeastern Europe and naturalized to many areas in the US, however it is beginning to become a nuisance species.

 

References:

Newcomb, Lawrence. 1977. Wildflower Guide. Little, Brown and Company (Canada) Limited.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Floristic Quality Assessment Inventory. Accessed at https://www.epa.ohio.gov/Portals/35/401/LU_Veg_Species.html.

Petrides, George A. 1972. A Field Guide to Trees and Shrubs. Houghton Miflin Company. New York.