Falls Village Canoe Access

Salisbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut


8/06/2005.  Second day of a three day vacation in the town of Salisbury.  Our first stop of the day was at Mt. Riga State Park.  We did not stay long there because my wife wanted to be by water where at this time of year there are more plants in bloom. 

We parked our car on the west side (Falls Villages side) of the Housatonic River and walked over the Iron Bridge.  The Appalachian Trail goes over this bridge.  This is a pretty area.  We turned left onto a road that in a very short distance took us into the canoe access area. 

My son and wife took the dog down to the river and he had a ball digging in the dirt and romping in the shallows.  It did not take long to note down the vegetation in this small area. 

There were five fishermen in the shallow river doing fly fishing where they flick those long fishing lines back and forth a considerable distance. 

Our next stop was the Appalachian Trail just north of Iron Bridge.  Dr. Patrick L. Cooney. 

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney

* =  plant(s) blooming on date of field trip, 8/06/2005

Acer negundo (box elder maple)
Acer saccharinum (silver maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Ailanthus altissima (tree of heaven)
Gleditsia triacanthos (honey locust)
Juglans nigra (black walnut)
Picea abies (Norway spruce)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Pinus sylvestris (Scots pine)
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
Tilia americana (American basswood)
Ulmus sp. (elm)

Shrubs and Subshrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Salix sp. (willow)
Viburnum plicatum (double-file viburnum)

Apios americana (groundnut)
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis riparia (riverbank grape)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)
Apocynum sp. (dogbane)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)
Bidens sp. (beggar tick)
Centaurea maculosa (spotted knapweed)     *
Chelidonium majus (celandine)     *
Circaea lutetiana (enchanter's nightshade)     *
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace)     *
Desmodium canadense (showy tick trefoil)    *
Erigeron annuus (daisy fleabane)       *
Eupatorium maculatum (spotted Joe-Pye-weed)      *
Geum canadense (white avens)    
Hesperis matronalis (dame's rocket)
Hieracium perfoliatum (common St. Johnswort)     *
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed)     *
Iris sp. (blue or yellow flag)
Leonurus cardiaca (motherwort)     *
Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs)     *
Lysimachia ciliata (fringed loosestrife)     *
Lysimachia vulgaris (garden loosestrife)     *
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)      *
Mentha arvensis (wild mint)     *
Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)     *
Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)     *
Oxalis sp. (yellow wood sorrel)     *
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain)     *
Polygonum lapathifolium (nodding smartweed)     *
Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)    *
Saponaria officinalis (bouncing bet)     *
Scrophularia marilandica (Maryland figwort)    *
Silene vulgaris (bladder campion)     *
Solidago canadensis var. scabra (tall goldenrod)     *
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion)
Trifolium pratense (red clover)    *
Urtica dioica var. procera (tall nettle)     *
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)     *
Xanthium strumarium (clotbur)

Andropogon gerardii (turkey claw)
Bromus inermis (smooth brome grass)
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)
Setaria glauca (yellow foxtail grass))

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