Plant Inventory

The most recent plant inventory of Wilderness park was performed on July 5th, 2014. Several Kawartha Field Naturalists, including professional botanist Dale Leadbeater, were involved in exploring the new park. Their findings are outlined in the linked PDF file below.

Some noteworthy findings are:

  • Species which are common in Ontario, but uncommon in Bobcaygeon were found in the park: Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana), Hairy Honeysuckle (Lonicera hirsuta), Canada Yew (Taxus canadensis).
  • Alvar species: Downy arrowwood (Viburnum rafinesquianum) was found in the deciduous forest, demonstrating the abundance of limestone in the soil.
  • Tree species: Although Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) was the dominant tree species in the deciduous forest, both Red and Burr Oak (Quercus rubra and Q. macrocarpa), as well as Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) and Bitternut Hickory (Carya cordiformis) are beginning to establish. Eastern Hop-hornbeam (Ostry virginiana) is a common species that grows back on limestone when regeneration takes place.
  • One new collection for the Royal Ontario Museum Herbarium (ROM) was made, of a Cyperus species. This plant will be identified by the Natural Heritage Information Centre, then numbered and deposited at the ROM.

Click the link below to download a copy of the inventory.
CKL Flora Plant Inventory (PDF 360KB)