Sightings – Plants

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/19/19

Observation Time: 3:25 p.m.

Observation Location: Billings Loop Botanical Trail

Common Name: American Witchhazel

Scientific Name: Hamamelis virginiana

Comments: This specimen was observed in a shady, wooded area near the Sharon Friends of Conservation botanical trail.

More Information: Carolina Nature

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 4/27/23

Observation Time: 3:20 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Farm (TTOR) along dirt road under high tension wires

Common Name: Wood Anemone

Scientific Name: Anemone quinquefolia

Comments: Also called wood windflower, wood anemone is one of the earliest blooming flowers in the rich, moist forests of New England. Look for showy white flowers poking above the dissected leaves, only 3 inches (7 cm) tall. These offer food to pollinators searching for nectar early in the season. Like other anemones, wood anemone doesn’t have true petals, but petal-like sepals. Wood anemone may have four to nine sepals, most commonly five.

More Information: Go Botany

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/6/20

Observation Time: 9:40 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Farm (TTOR)

Common Name: Wood Anemone

Scientific Name: Anemone quinquefolia

Comments: Also called wood windflower, wood anemone is one of the earliest blooming flowers in the rich, moist forests of New England. Look for showy white flowers poking above the dissected leaves, only 3 inches (7 cm) tall. These offer food to pollinators searching for nectar early in the season. Like other anemones, wood anemone doesn’t have true petals, but petal-like sepals. Wood anemone may have four to nine sepals, most commonly five.

More Information: Go Botany

Wood anemones flowers usually have five sepals, but not always.

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/20/20

Observation Time: 10:20 a.m.

Observation Location: near Gavins Pond

Common Name: Yellow Birch Tree

Scientific Name: Betula alleghaniensis

Comments: A large and important lumber species of birch native to North-eastern North America. It has shaggy bark.

More Information: Wikipedia

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/27/19

Observation Time: 2:15 p.m.

Observation Location: Conservation land near Morse & Lakeview

Common Name: Yellow Birch Tree

Scientific Name: Betula alleghaniensis

Comments: A large and important lumber species of birch native to North-eastern North America. It has shaggy bark.

More Information: Wikipedia

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/26/15

Observation Time: 1:40 p.m.

Observation Location: meadow near Morse and Lakeview Streets

Common Name: Yellow Hawkweed

Scientific Name: Hieracium caespitosum

Comments: Yellow hawkweed is native to Europe and was introduced as an ornamental into New York in 1879. It is now a destructive weed of pastureland. It can colonize a wide range of habitats with sandy or gravelly soils.

More Information: Go Botany

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 7/13/19

Observation Time: 11:30 a.m.

Observation Location: near footbridge over Beaver Brook

Common Name: Yellow Patches Mushroom

Scientific Name: Amanita flavoconia

Comments: Amanita flavoconia, commonly known as yellow patches, yellow wart, orange Amanita, or yellow-dust Amanita, is a species of mushroom in the family Amanitaceae. It has an orangish-yellow cap with yellowish-orange patches or warts, a yellowish-orange annulus, and a white to orange stem. Common and widespread throughout eastern North America, Amanita flavoconia grows on the ground in broad-leaved and mixed forests, especially in mycorrhizal association with hemlock.

Mushrooms of the genus Amanita account for most mushroom-related deaths.

More information: iNaturalist

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/17/23

Observation Time: 7:10 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Yellow Star Grass

Scientific Name: Hypoxis hirsuta

Comments: Yellow star-grass is the only native wildflower with a six-petaled yellow blossom.

More Information: U.S. Wildflowers

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/29/14

Observation Time: 12:20 p.m.

Observation Location: Borderland State Park

Common Name: Yellow Star Grass

Scientific Name: Hypoxis hirsuta

Comments: Yellow star-grass is the only native wildflower with a six-petaled yellow blossom.

More Information: U.S. Wildflowers

Yellow Star-grass

Yellow Star-grass

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 10/3/10

Observation Time: 9:10 a.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road

Common Name: Yellow Toadflax (a.k.a. Common Toadflax)

Scientific Name: Linaria vulgaris

Comments: Also known as butter and eggs plant or wild snapdragon, this invasive perennial weed from Eurasia thrives in poor soil where there is little competition from larger plants.

More Information: Wikipedia

Yellow Toadflax