Flora and Fauna of Mine Falls Park
©2011-13 Bruce A. Conti
The exotic orange flowers of Day Lilies, Hemerocallis fulva, are a rather common sight in New Hampshire during the summer, said to have escaped from cultivation after being imported from Eurasia.
A large cluster of day lilies grows between the power canal and Ledge Street. Smaller clusters are found elsewhere in the park.
Double-Creasted Cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus, on Mill Pond.
Eastern American Toad
Eastern American Toad, Bufo americanus, in the pine woodlands.
Eastern Hophornbeam tree, Ostrya virginiana, also called Ironwood for its hard wood, grows along the power canal and Mill Pond.
The seed clusters, shown here during mid-summer, resemble hops used in beer, thus the 'hop' prefix in the name.
Eastern Painted Turtles
Eastern Painted Turtles are a familiar sight basking in the sunshine of a warm spring day.
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Sweet Pepperbush mid-summer.
Emetic Russula, Russula emetica, widespread throughout the park. Poisonous.
Evening Primrose, Oenothera biennis, in late summer.
Family Collybia, Clitocybula familia, only grows clustered on decaying coniferous logs.
Fragrant Water Lily
The Fragrant Water Lily, Nymphaea odorata, dominates the still waters of Oxbow Pond and parts of the power canal in the summer.
Fringed Loosestrife, Lysimachia ciliata, is found in damp wooded areas often with the flowers pointing down.
The delicate springtime flowers of the Fringed Polygala, Polygala paucifolia, populate a small open embankment along an overflow brook of the Mill Pond reservoir.
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