10 Fern Species at Parc de La Gatineau: June 2020

Parc de la Gatineau, just across the river from Ottawa, has so many nature and bike trails that they have numbers instead of names. I spent the morning exploring #13 and #36.

Cedar Waxwing
Baltimore Checkerspot
Baltimore Checkerspot
White Admiral
Chalk-fronted Corporal
Gypsy Moth larva

June is a good month for ferns and I found many species here:

#1 Maidenhair Fern

Maidenhair Fern

#2 Bracken

Bracken Fern showing large triangular fronds

#3 Ostrich Fern

Ostrich Fern showing leaflets becoming smaller right to the base

#4 Common Polypody

Common Polypody
Common Polypody

#5 Christmas Fern

Christmas Fern

#6 Lady Fern

Lady Fern showing bottom leaflets pointing down

#7 Sensitive Fern

Sensitive Fern
Sensitive Fern

#8 Marginal Fern

Marginal Fern showing leaflet tips pointing up

#9 Intermediate Wood Fern

Intermediate Wood Fern

#10 Royal fern

Royal Fern
Royal Fern fertile frond

Other botany:

Alternate-leaved Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)
Red Raspberry (Rubus strigosus)
Joe-pye-weed (Eutrochium maculatum)
Common Blackberry (Rubus alleghenisnsis)
Glossy Buckthorn (Rhamnus utilis)
Orchard Grass (Dactylis glomerata)
Brome Grass (Bromus inermis)
Canada Anemone (Anemone canadensis)
Glossy Buckthorn (Rhamnus utilis)
Glossy Buckthorn (Rhamnus utilis)
Black Mustard (Brassica nigra)
American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)
Cyperus Sedge (Carex pseudocyperus)
Cyperus Sedge (Carex pseudocyperus)
Cyperus Sedge (Carex pseudocyperus)
Prickly Sedge (Carex spicata)
Inland Sedge (Carex interior)
Greater Bladder Sedge (Carex intumescens)
Forget-me-not (Myosotis)
Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)
Mountain Maple (Acer spicatum)
Canada Mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)
False Solomon-seal (Maianthemum racemosum)
Large-leaved Aster (Eurybia macrophylla)
Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris)
Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris)
Hobble-bush (Viburnum alnifolium)
Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
Striped Maple (Acer pensylvanicum)
Doll’s-eyes (Actaea)
Rattlesnake Root (Prenathes alba)
Red Trillium (Trillium erectum)
Nipplewort (Lapsana communis)
Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
Chokeberry (Aronia prunifolia)
Rough Cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)
Common Speedwell (Veronica officinalis)


It is the month of June,
The month of leaves and roses,
When pleasant sights salute the eyes,
And pleasant scents the noses.    – N.P. Willis (1807–67)

Miles Hearn

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