Silver Cinquefoil – 6/29/11

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 6/29/11 Observation Time: 11:30 a.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road near soccer field parking lot Common Name: Silver Cinquefoil Scientific Name: Potentilla argentea Comments: Curiously, one of the yellow blossoms in the photo has six petals. More Information: Minnesota Wild Flowers

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Rugosa Rose – 6/9/13

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 6/9/13 Observation Time: 4:00 p.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond area Common Name: Rugosa Rose Scientific Name: Rosa rugosa Comments: In late summer, this beautiful flower, which comes from Asia, will become a reddish ball called a rose hip. Rose hips are used for tisanes, jam, jelly, syrup, soup, beverages, pies, bread, wine, and marmalade. They can also be eaten raw, like a berry, […]

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Purple Loosestrife – 9/12/09

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 9/12/09 Observation Time: 11:20 a.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Common Name: Purple Loosestrife Scientific Name: Lythrum salicaria L. Comments: Sometimes called “purple plague,” purple loosestrife is an invasive species. Neponset River Watershed Association has a program to propagate and disperse galerucella beetles that eat nothing but purple loosestrife. More Information: The Nature Conservancy

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Spotted Wintergreen – 6/4/11

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 6/4/11 Observation Time: 3:20 p.m. Observation Location: conservation land near Billings Street Common Name: Spotted Wintergreen Scientific Name: Chimaphila maculata Comments: Also called spotted wintergreen, it is endangered in Illinois and Maine. In New York it is considered “Exploitably Vulnerable.” More Information: Wikipedia

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Pink Lady’s Slipper orchid – 5/27/14

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/27/14 Observation Time: 9:05 p.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary Common Name: Pink Lady’s Slipper orchid Scientific Name: Cypripedium acaule Comments: Pink lady’s slippers won’t survive if you try to transplant them, so please don’t dig them up. More Information: Wikipedia

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Peony – 5/24/10

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/24/10 Observation Time: 8:25 a.m. Observation Location: 4 Gavins Pond Rd. Common Name: Peony Scientific Name: Paeonia spp. Comments: Long ago, some observant gardener noticed that ants on peony buds always meant the flowers would open soon. And so a bit of folk wisdom was born: Peonies cannot open until ants eat away the seal that keeps the buds closed. But […]

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Dewberry – 5/26/10

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/26/10 Observation Time: 5:25 p.m. Observation Location: edge of woods by Gavins Pond near soccer fields Common Name: Dewberry Scientific Name: Rubus flagellaris Comments: Dewberries are found in the eastern half of North America. Indians prepared a tea using northern dewberry roots to calm stomach irritation. The fruits are large and tasty. They can be eaten raw or used in jams, […]

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May Apple – 5/13/14

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/13/14 Observation Time: 8:05 a.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary Common Name: May apple Scientific Name: Podophyllum peltatum Comments: Check out this well-written blog about May apples:  66 SQUARE FEET (PLUS) blog

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Little Floatingheart – 8/3/10

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 8/3/10 Observation Time: 9:45 a.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Common Name: Little Floatingheart Scientific Name: Nymphoides cordata Comments: The little floatinghearts are the smaller, darker, heart-shaped floating pads visible in the photo among the bigger, greener rounder water lilies. The small, five-petalled white flowers are those of little floatingheart. Water lilies have much bigger floating blossoms (see photo taken September […]

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Lanceleaf Tickseed – 6/15/13

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 6/15/13 Observation Time: 6:20 p.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond area Common Name: Lanceleaf Tickseed Scientific Name: Coreopsis lanceolata More Information: Go Botany

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Jewelweed – 7/24/10

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 7/24/10 Observation Time: 7:50 a.m. Observation Location: near Gavins Pond outflow pool Common Name: Jewelweed Scientific Name: Impatiens capensis Comments: Jewelweed, which often grows in disturbed areas near poison ivy, is also an antidote for poison ivy. More Information: Altnature.com

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Goldenrod – 9/12/09

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 9/12/09 Observation Time: 11:25 a.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Common Name: Goldenrod Scientific Name: Solidago sp. Comments: Goldenrod gets a bad rap as a cause of autumn allergies. The real culprit is ragweed. In fact, goldenrod has medicinal properties. More Information: Great Plains Nature Center

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Dwarf Ginseng – 5/14/11

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/14/11 Observation Time: 2:10 p.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary Common Name: Dwarf ginseng Scientific Name: Panax trifolius Comments: This diminutive variety of ginseng has no “medicinal” properties. It blooms in spring and dies back in summer. More Information: US Forest Service

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Daisy Fleabane – 6/28/10

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 6/28/10 Observation Time: 1:55 p.m. Observation Location: 147 Wolomolopoag St., Sharon Common Name: Daisy Fleabane Scientific Name: Erigeron annuus Comments: Fleabanes get their common name from an old belief that they repelled fleas and other pestiferous insects. Early European settlers in North America stuffed mattresses with fleabane and hung clusters of plants in their cabins to drive out fleas. The […]

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Daisy Fleabane – 7/23/09

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 7/23/09 Observation Time: 9:45 a.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road Common Name: Daisy Fleabane Scientific Name: Erigeron annuus Comments: Fleabanes get their common name from an old belief that they repelled fleas and other pestiferous insects. Early European settlers in North America stuffed mattresses with fleabane and hung clusters of plants in their cabins to drive out fleas. The custom […]

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Celandine – 6/14/09

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 6/14/09 Observation Time: 11:30 a.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Farm, Trustees of Reservations land Common Name: Celandine Scientific Name: Chelidonium majus More Information: Flora Health Herb Encyclopedia  

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Bull Thistle – 7/15/12

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 7/15/12 Observation Time: 5:00 p.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Rd. soccer field parking lot Common Name: Bull Thistle Scientific Name: Cirsium vulgare Comments: The beautiful blossom of the bull thistle comes with sharp thorns. More Information: Wikipedia  

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Bull Thistle – 6/14/09

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 6/14/09 Observation Time: 11:30 a.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Farm, Trustees of Reservations land Common Name: Bull Thistle Scientific Name: Cirsium vulgare More Information: UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health  

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Blueberry – 5/14/11

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/14/11 Observation Time: 3:20 p.m. Observation Location: meadow near Gavins Pond dam Common Name: Blueberry Scientific Name: Vaccinium corymbosum Comments: Blueberries grow wild in the woods around Sharon, often near ponds and streams, where their roots can access moisture during dry weather. They flower in May and ripen in mid-summer. More Information: Mother Earth News

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Black-eyed Susans – 7/23/09

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 7/23/09 Observation Time: 9:30 a.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road Common Name: Black-eyed Susans Scientific Name: Rudbeckia hirta Comments: The genus name honors Olaus Rudbeck, who was a professor of botany at the University of Uppsala in Sweden and was one of Linnaeus’s teachers. The specific epithet “hirta” refers to the trichomes (hairs) occurring on leaves and stems. More Information: USDA  

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Black-eyed Susans – 7/5/13

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 7/5/13 Observation Time: 6:15 p.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond area Common Name: Black-eyed Susans Scientific Name: Rudbeckia hirta Comments: A type of daisy, these were growing wild in the field near Gavins Pond Dam. More Information: USDA

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Bittersweet Nightshade – 6/6/11

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 6/6/11 Observation Time: 1:40 p.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road (bridge near soccer fields) Common Name: Bittersweet Nightshade Scientific Name: Solanum dulcamara More Information: King County, WA

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Beach Rose – 6/2/11

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 6/2/11 Observation Time: 1:00 p.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road near soccer field parking lot Common Name: Beach Rose Scientific Name: Rosa rugosa More Information: University of Rhode Island  

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Deptford Pink – 7/6/14

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 7/6/14 Observation Time: 12:45 p.m. Observation Location: near Gavins Pond Common Name: Deptford Pink Scientific Name: Dianthus armeria Comments:The Deptford pink is a European species, introduced and widespread in North America. Its name refers to the English town near London in which this species was formerly common. More Information: Go Botany

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Bird’s Foot Violet – 5/30/14

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/30/14 Observation Time: 12:05 p.m. Observation Location: Power lines near Walpole St. Common Name: Bird’s Foot Violet Scientific Name: Viola pedata Comments: Bird-foot violets are perennials with five-petaled flowers that bloom from March to June. The flowers are typically blue, but can range from white to purple. They spread by sending out rhizomes. The fan-shaped leaves have three lobes which are said to […]

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