Sunset Ponds
Cunningham Road, Warren, Litchfield County, Connecticut
17+ acres


From the intersection of Route 7 and Route 341 in Kent village, drive 7.0 miles on Route 341 east to a right  turn onto Partridge Road; drive 0.8 of a mile to a T-intersection; turn left onto Cunningham Road.  You can park along the right side of the road.  There is no obvious trail. 


8/19/2005.  Parked along the road and then went into the marshy area by the small bridge.  From the start it was not easy going.  I tripped at the top and rolled down the embankment to the bottom.  I just laughed, but I was lucky there were no sharp objects at the bottom.

It was an interesting experiment for there was this mystery plant (I thought it was a beggar tick or some type of cup plant) that was five foot high and extremely densely packed in the marsh.  It was also entangled with halberd-leaved tearthumb, so it was no easy trick to push through this wall of vegetation.  I did not do it for long for there was not much plant variation in the area dominated by this mystery plant. 

I pushed through to the marsh shoreline with a thin piece of woods between the marsh and the road.  Picked up some more species in the woods. 

Pushed through to the road and walked back to the car.  I noticed there was a lot of a shrub that looked like a mountain ash.  I looked it up in the purple book of illustrations to the Gleason and Cronquist book, but it did not match the mountain ashes.  So, great, a second mystery plant.  It is frustrating to still be getting these mystery plants after so many years botanizing.  Now I will have to carefully go through the books of plant illustrations.  Dr. Patrick L. Cooney. 

first mystery plant  =  Bidens cernua?

second mystery plant  =  Sorbaria sorbifolia (false spirea or mountain ash spirea)

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney
* = blooming on 8/19/2005

Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)

Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus hispidus (swamp dewberry)
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Salix sp. (willow)
Sorbaria sorbifolia (false spiraea or mountain ash spiraea)   -- forms a hedge along the woods edge
Spiraea alba var. latifolia (meadowsweet)     *
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)
Viburnum dentatum (smooth arrowwood viburnum)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)    
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Clematis virginiana (virgin's bower)     *
Vitis labrusca (fox grape)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)      *
Bidens cernua ?  (nodding bur marigold)     *  --  thick, dense conglomeration of them
Erechtites hieraciifolia (pileweed)     *
Eupatorium fistulosum (trumpetweed)     *
Eupatorium perfoliatum (boneset)     *
Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)
Galium sp. (three-petaled, 4-5 leaves in whorl)     *
Hypericum sp. (common or spotted St. Johnswort)
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed)     *
Lemna sp. (duckweed)
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)     *
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)
Polygonum arifolium (halberd-leaved tearthumb)     *
Polygonum sagittatum (arrow-leaved tearthumb)     *
Saponaria officinalis (bouncing bet)     *
Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade)     *
Solidago gigantea (late goldenrod)     *
Sparganium sp. (burreed)
Stellaria pubera (star chickweed)     *
Triadenum virginicum (marsh St. Johnswort)
Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)
Verbena hastata (blue vervain)     *
(cup plant or Bidens)     *

Juncus canadensis (Canada rush)
Juncus validus (soft-stem rush)

Carex lurida (sallow sedge)
Carex stricta (tussock sedge)
Scirpus cyperinus (woolly grass bulrush)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome grass)
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Glyceria canadensis (rattlesnake mannagrass)
Leersia oryzoides (rice-cut grass)
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Dennstaedtia punctilobula (hay-scented fern)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)  

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