Flora and Fauna of Mine Falls Park
©2011-13 Bruce A. Conti
Showy Goldenrod, Solidago speciosa.
The Spiny Puffball, Lycoperdon echinatum, appeared scattered throughout the park days after a late summer rain.
Magical blue mushrooms! The Spotted Cort, Cortinarius iodes, discovered in the White Pine woodlands during late summer.
Spotted Touch-Me-Not, Impatiens capensis, also called Jewel Weed is plentiful along shaded banks of the power canal and in damp woodlands.
Starflowers, Trientalis borealis, almost sparkle as they dance upon a green woodland carpet in the spring.
Swamp Smartweed, Polygonum coccineum, an aquatic plant growing in Oxbow Pond.
A swan nesting in the tall grass of Oxbow Pond during early spring (above), hatched five cygnets (below).
Sweet Pepperbush, Clethra anifolia, fills the air with its sweet fragrance mid-summer on the Riverside Street bank of Mill Pond .
Tartarian Honeysuckle, Lonicera tatarica, produces white or pink flowers in the spring (above) followed by red berries by mid-summer (below).
The Tartarian Honeysuckle as well as similar varieties are found along woodland borders throughout the park, primarily around the ponds.
A lonely Turtlehead, Chelone glabra, on the edge of Mill Pond.
Violet-Toothed Polypore, Trichaptum biformis, very common on decaying logs.
A Water Chestnut, Trapa natans, (right) was found washed up in a shallow of the Nashua River after a heavy rain. The Water Chestnut is an invasive species native to Eurasia. Work began in 2011 to harvest Water Chestnuts from Mill Pond (below).
White Water Buttercup
White Water Buttercup, Ranunculus longirostris, an underwater plant with only its flower reaching above water, found in the deeper waters of Mill Pond and the canal.
A blue-tinted Wavy-Leaved Aster, Aster undulatus, on a moist shore of Mill Pond.
White Wood Aster
White Wood Aster, Aster divaricatus (above), blooms late summer, primarily found in relatively dry woodlands.
The aster on the right is another variety, perhaps a Calico Aster, growing near the water.
Wild Sarsaparilla, Aralia nudicaulis, a member of the Ginseng Family, is recognized by its leafless flower-burst stalk which grows under the canopy of its own leaves, found in the woodlands.
This lonely Wintergreen, Chimaphila maculata, was discovered on the banks of the Nashua River behind the soccer fields.
A pair of Wood Ducks, Aix sponsa; the photos taken at considerable distance across the Nashua River.
Yellow Flag Iris
The Yellow Flag Iris, Iris pseudacorus, is found in small compact populations wading in the very edge of Oxbow Pond.
Yellow Pond Lily
The rather prehistoric-looking Yellow Pond Lily, Nuphar variegatum, also called the Bullhead Lily, is the first of the local aquatic plants to flower in the spring as photographed here in Oxbow Pond.
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