Fall Wildflowers
of the
Hudson River Valley

These are some photographs I took on a single fairly brief walk on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, an old railroad right-of-way that has been converted into a lovely paved walking route through some of the beautiful countryside of the Hudson River Valley about thirty miles east of Poughkeepsie, New York. We had just delivered our daughter to Vassar College to begin the next exciting phase of her education, and we took advantage of the one day we were in the area when it didn't rain to walk a small section of this trail which will eventually extend for 46 miles. We will no doubt be making many visits to Poughkeepsie over the course of the next four years, and I will be adding other pictures to the page as time goes on. In the meantime, I confess to being a complete novice when it comes to New York State flora, although some of these species are familiar even to a California botanist, but it is risky to go beyond the genus level when identifying flora in a completely different part of the country. So if anyone can make any further identifications, please contact me at the following e-mail address: mmlcharters[at]calflora.net. And to save anyone confusion, I should point out that the identifications for the left hand column are below the photos, and for the right hand column above the photos.


 
Goldenrod
Solidago sp.
Chicory
Cichorium intybus

 
Daisy fleabane
Erigeron anuus
Purple loosestrife
Lythrum salicaria


 
cf. Bladder campion
Silene
vulgaris
Pale jewelweed
Impatiens pallida


 
White wood aster
Eurybia divaricata
Rudbeckia sp.


 
Deptford pink
Dianthus armeria
Bouncing bet
Saponaria officinalis


 
Spotted knapweed
Centaurea maculosa
Hedge bindweed
Calystegia sepium


 
Lespedeza sp.
Common mullein
Verbascum thapsus


 
Evening primrose
Oenothera sp.
Jewelweed
Impatiens capensis


 
Wild cucumber
Echinocystis lobata
Oxalis sp.


 
Possibly another Purple loosestrife
Lythrum salicaria
Possibly White snakeroot
Ageratina altissima


 
Wild carrot
Daucus carota
Heal all
Prunella vulgaris


 
Asiatic dayflower
Commelina communis
Polygonum sp.


Thanks to New York botanist Marielle Anzelone for many of these identifications. Thanks also to Hudson Valley resident Ann Cavanaugh for several corrections.