I had the pleasure of strolling the beach on Saturday to help my daughter plan for an upcoming field trip for her Environmental Science and Botany classes. We scouted the floral and fauna along the shoreline, and as always, I learned so much for her!
The Beach Roses (Rosa rugosa) were magnificent!
Beach Rose was introduced to North America from Eurasia in 1872. It has since escaped from gardens to the wild and has colonized beach habitat throughout New England. The large fruits of this plant, called Rose Hips, mature late in the season and resemble cherry tomatoes. They’re edible and high in vitamins A and C. My late father used to swear by the benefits of Rose Hips!
Beach Plum (Prunus maritima) was also in bloom (above). Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata), below, another invasive species, which resembles honeysuckle, added to the flora along the walkway.
Asiatic Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens), an invasive plant we see almost everywhere, is choking off an Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana), below.
Poison Ivy (Rhus radicans) was introduced by park personnel in the late 1960s as a deterrent to keep people from walking through the dunes, which causes extensive erosion.
Abbie identifies plant life as we walk along the trail by the beach. I was delighted to breathe in the salt air, soak in the sunshine, and enjoy the view!
To see who else is strolling this weekend, skip on over to the Quiet Country Home.