Wet Prairie and Calcareous Woodlands
Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

Ohio geologist Jane Forsyth, in a 1971 article “Geobotany” explained the relationship between vegetation, soil type and the geologic history of Ohio. Batelle Darby is contained within the western portion of the state, which is underlain by erodible limestone and dolomite. The result after erosion is a flat level landscape. At Battelle Darby, the limestone is near enough to the surface to affect the soil chemistry, resulting in a suite of lime-loving species that have an affinity to calcareous sites.

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PLANT LIST
(Battelle Darby Metro Park)
With Links to Species Pages

 Carpinus caroliniana Walter  AMERICAN HORNBEAM  Betulaceae  native sm tree
 Celtis occidentalis L.  HACKBERRY  Cannabaceae  native tree
 Ostrya virginiana (Miller) K. Koch  EASTERN HOPHORNBEAM  Betulaceae  native tree
 Parthenocissus quinquefolia (L.) Planch.  VIRGINIA CREEPER  Vitaceae  native vine
 Platanus occidentalis L.  AMERICAN SYCAMORE  Platanaceae  native tree
 Populus deltoides W. Bartram ex Marshall  EASTERN COTTONWOOD  Salicaceae  native tree
 Prunus serotina Ehrh.  BLACK CHERRY  Rosaceae  native tree
 Quercus muehlenbergii Engelm.  CHINQUAPIN OAK  Fagaceae  native tree
 Sassafras albidum (Nutt.) Nees  SASSAFRAS  Lauraceae  native tree
 Tilia americana L.  AMERICAN BASSWOOD  Malvaceae  native tree
 Viburnum prunifolium L.   BLACKHAW  Adoxaceae  native shrub
 Zanthoxylum americanum Mill.  COMMON PRICKLY-ASH  Rutaceae  native shrub

 

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(in no particular order)

Virginia creeper

sassafras
common prickly-ash
eastern hophornbeam
hackberry
chinquapin oak
blackhaw
black cherry
American basswood
American sycamore
American hornbeam
eastern cottonwood
Geobotany Artivcle
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