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.

Solidago sp.
Cichorium intybus

Daisy fleabane
Erigeron anuus
Purple loosestrife
Lythrum salicaria

cf. Bladder campion
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.
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.