Archive for July 2011

New Botrychium Key for New York

July 19, 2011

Art Gilman created a Botrychium Key for the NYFA Botrychium workshop in June. You can access the key by CLICKING HERE. We need more information on this group of ferns for New York so we hope you can get out in the field and use this key.

We hope you can find more Botrychiums like this B. dissectum from Broome Co. Photo Kim Smith.


Two Good Resources for Ferns and Lycophytes: Flora of Vermont and Ferns of Eastern North America

July 19, 2011

These two sites from Michael Rosenthal include some distribution info (Flora of Vermont) and nice photos (both sites) of our ferns and fern allies. Click on the links below.

Fern Flora of Vermont

Ferns of Eastern North America

Scaroon Manor Campgound Flora, From Gardens to Wild

July 11, 2011

Scaroon Manor, on the western shore of Schroon Lake, was one of the largest resorts in the Adirondacks with over 100 buildings and elaborate gardens and recreation facilities. See photos below.

It closed in 1960 and the state took it over in 1967.  All the buildings were razed and eventually a day-use area and campground were developed (this is the first year for the campground). Its hard to imagine such a large resort while camping at the site today.

A an old road leads north from the main bathhouse though the woods and along the shoreline where rock outcrops are nice places to enjoy the lake. At the northern edge of the property, along the sandy lakeshore, is a small northern white cedar swamp that has been flooded by a beaver dam built right along the beach where a small outlet stream emerges.  I have never seen a dam built along a lakeshore before. Its a beautiful area that deserves more exploration.  Here are some of the plants we saw. – Steve Young

Round-leaved dogwood was in fruit.

The meadow-sweet was just about to flower.

Some kind of gall was affecting the fruits of the speckled alder.

And the leaves too.

The narrow sandy beach curves up to the northeast with the cedar swamp at the north end.

Shinleaf flowers were everywhere along the path to the beach.

A view into the flooded swamp from the beach.

Stands of bur-reed were common in the flooded areas.

A flock of mallard kept eating something in the flowers of white water-lily. Was it the insects in the flowers?

The site definitely deserves a lot more exploration and a plant list.  Maybe NYFA or the new Adirondack Botanical Society can schedule a trip there in the future.

Two NY Flora Websites from Michael Hough, SUNY Cortland

July 7, 2011

Michael Hough, botanist and lecturer at SUNY Cortland, has an interesting blog about the flora of Central New York and a website on the flora of the Northeast. To see the blog CLICK HERE and to see the flora website CLICK HERE.  The links are also posted on our links list. Michael has a B.S. and M.S. from SUNY ESF and is also compiling a list of the flora of Cortland County.  It’s nice to see such great flora work going on in the central part of the state.