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Vascular Plants of the Gorge at
Buttermilk Falls State Park (Ithaca, NY)
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Checklist of Vascular Plants - Outlet Section
     
  The "Outlet" is a portion of the lowest part of Buttermilk Creek, just before it empties into the Cayuga Lake "inlet". It is a semi-natural area, where one will find towering American sycamore, maple, hackberry and basswood trees, horsetails and other plants of riparian affinity. Many trees and shrubs along the banks of this portion of the Buttermilk creek have been introduced. They include a mix of native and non-natives. Fishing access is provided on the south bank of the creek. A playground for young children, picnic tables and grassy lawns lie a short distance away from the creek. At the western edge, on the south side, adjacent to Elmira Road, is a meadow area which apparently was formerly used for equipment storage and maintenance equipment. The buildings have since been removed, and it is now just a weedy meadow. On the north side are dense thickets, grassy lawns and introduced trees and shrubs. Strictly-speaking, the Outlet isn't part of the gorge, and hence was not included in the original scope of this survey. Included in the list below are several species not found elsewhere in the area surveyed for this project.  
     

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Abbreviations Used
  F Ferns or fern relatives E Exotic (non-native) species
  S / V Shrubs or woody vines N Native species
  T Trees    
  W / G Herbaceous flowering plants, incl. graminoids    
         
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Species.......... Plant Form Nativity Plant Family...........

Acer negundo

T

N

Sapindaceae

Acer saccharum

T

N

Sapindaceae

Arctium lappa

W / G

E

Asteraceae

Asclepias syriaca

W / G

N

Apocynaceae

Berberis vulgaris

S / V

E

Berberidaceae

Celtis occidentalis

T

N

Cannabaceae

Cladrastis kentukea

T

N

Fabaceae

Cornus racemosa

S / V

N

Cornaceae

Daucus carota

W / G

E

Apiaceae

Dipsacus fullonum

W / G

E

Dryopteridaceae

Equisetum arvense

F

N

Equisetaceae

Euthamia graminifolia

W / G

N

Asteraceae

Forsythia suspensa

S / V

E

Oleaceae

Lactuca serriola

W / G

E

Asteraceae

Ligustrum vulgare

S / V

E

Oleaceae

Melilotus officinalis

W / G

E

Fabaceae

Morus alba

T

E

Moraceae

Philadelphus pubescens

S / V

E

Poaceae

Picea abies

T

E

Pinaceae

Picris hieracioides

W / G

E

Asteraceae

Platanus occidentalis

T

N

Platanaceae

Quercus velutina

T

N

Fagaceae

Rhus typhina

T

N

Anacardiaceae

Robinia pseudoacacia

T

N

Fabaceae

Rosa multiflora

S / V

E

Rosaceae

Securigera varia

W / G

E

Fabaceae

Silene latifolia

W / G

E

Caryophylaceae

Solidago arguta

W / G

N

Asteraceae

Solidago gigantea

W / G

N

Asteraceae

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

W / G

N

Asteraceae

Symphyotrichum pilosum

W / G

N

Asteraceae

Teucrium canadense

W / G

N

Lamiaceae

Tilia americana

T

N

Malvaceae

Trifolium pratense

W / G

E

Fabaceae

Tripleurospermum inodorum

W / G

E

Asteraceae

       

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