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Kenney Park is located along the Olentangy River. It is the lower geological region of the Olentangy Rivershed. This region is also known as the “urban river” due to the fact that the ravine areas on both sides of the river are largely the scenic backdrop for several housing developments with homes built right on the edges of the ravine. At the park, to the west of the river, the ravine consists of exposed shale bedrock while to the east the cliffs in the Ohio shale have been reduced and are more now gradual slopes. Additionally, the river has become intensely modified through channelization and low dams in this area. The foliage is thick and deciduous.

(Left- A map showing the location of the site.)



  1. Cucumber Magnolia Magnolia acuminata


  • Family: Magnoliaceae
  • The wood of this tree is interchangeable with that of its relative, the tuliptree when it comes to the timber trade.






2. Red Maple Acer rubrum

  • Family: Sapindaceae
  • Red maple lumber is prized by furniture and musical instrument makers due to its great percentage of “curly” figure. This property is also favored by the veneer industry.




3. Osage Orange Maclura pomifera

  • Family: Moraceae
  • The Native American Comanche tribe historically used this tree’s roots to make a root/water infusion to treat eye conditions.


  1. Honeysuckle Lonicera periclymenum
  • Family: Caprifoliaceae












Flowering/Fruiting Plants

  1. Yellow Jewelweed
  • Family: Fabaceae









2. Atlantic goldenrod Solidago arguta

  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Thomas Edison experimented with many species of goldenrod to produce rubber, which they naturally contain.













Poison Ivy 

  • Toxicodendron radicans
  • Pataskala, OH
  • Identifiable Features:
    • can be found as a climbing vine, a shrub, or a trailing vine
    • clusters of three leaflets
    • alternate leaf arrangement
    • lack of thorns
    • each group of three leaflets grows on its own stem, which is connected to the main vine
    • can also identify this plant if post-contact you experience a painful dermatitis allergic reaction caused by urushiol, a compound in the plant’s sap




Coefficients of Conservatism



  1. American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) has a CC of 7. The Sycamore is affected the most by the disease of wet springs, Anthracnose, which causes the terminal stem and leaves to die back thus in the late spring a second round of shoot is forced to emerge. t 


2. Buckeye (Aesculus glabra), has a CC of 6. Its lightweight wood is used in the production of artificial limbs.


3. Atlantic Goldenrod has a CC of 6. Solidago arguta is a widespread, variable species with three variates and it is primarily found in areas of woodland openings,

4. The Wingstem has a CC of 5. Sometimes this plant is called ‘Yellow Ironweed’ because of its fancied resemblance to Ironweed (Vernonia spp.). Both kinds of plants bloom at about the same time of year, share a similar height, have similar leaves, and like moist conditions.



  1. Red Maple (Acer rubrum) has a CC of 2. The Red Maple is found frequently in urban areas as it gains popularity as a big shade tree and its bright red color in the fall.




2. American Elm (Ulmus americana) has a CC of 2. The Logan Elm that stood near Circleville, Ohio, was one of the largest American elms in the world.



3. Osage Orange (Maclura pomifera)  has a CC of 0. The Native American Comanche tribe historically used this tree’s roots to make a root/water infusion to treat eye conditions.


4. Bush Honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii) has a CC of 0. They were first introduced into the United States in the mid to late 1800s from Europe and Asia for use as ornamentals, wildlife food and cover, and erosion control.