Roosevelt Island once again -- finding hundreds of weedy Orchids

Ed and I went over to Roosevelt Island again on Monday, 29th, Memorial Day. I wanted to try iNatting in the green and woodsy park which is opposite the Post Office on Main Street. I think it is called Manhattan Park. The last time we visited the island, the bus driver accidentally dropped us off at the northeast corner of that park, and I took the time to briefly photograph two examples of the weedy orchid, the Broad-leafed Helleborine, Epipactis helleborine, as well as seeing another two examples of that species a bit further north on the wild edge of the soccer field that lies south of the Community Garden.

I started iNatting at the southwest corner of Manhattan Park, and I walked clockwise round the edge of the park, photographing weeds. Most of the weeds were quite ordinary and unsurprising. But I also found what looked like stinging nettles, Urtica dioica, and bracted sedge, Carex radiata. If I got the IDs right, both of these plant species I was seeing for the first time. However, I did not try to see if the nettles would sting, and so I can't really be sure they were Urtica dioica. There were large masses of the Meadow Anemone Anemonastrum canadense, and that species is native to the Northeastern States, but I believe it is also sold as a garden plant, so it may not have been wild in this park.

Once I got over to the northeast corner of the park, I started to see lots and lots of Epipactis helleborine. Some of the plants were still quite young and small. Others were larger and had a flowering spike tucked inside of the leaves, but I reckon it will be a minimum of two or three weeks before any actual flowering starts.

So many orchid plants! I reckon, if you could count all the youngest plants, there seemed to be at least three hundred orchid plants in total, all growing in the broad flower bed which forms the eastern edge of the park. But there were no orchid plants at all that I could see in the northern, southern or western flower beds of the park.

Another plant which was present in a few spots, and which I think may be wild, was "Green-and-Gold" - Chrysogonum virginianum - that species is native to New York State.

At the edge of the soccer field a bit further north there was another colony of the weedy orchids, but only very few of them compared with the huge numbers in Manhattan Park.

Ed and I also walked north to the Community Garden and to the vacant lot too. We looked to see if the tuxedo cat was there, but we did not find her/him.

As for the Weedy Orchid, I have previously found it a few times in NYC -- on Randall's Island, and several times in Central Park around the Reservoir, and I once found one plant of that species in Carl Schurz Park.

Posted on May 30, 2023 12:23 PM by susanhewitt susanhewitt

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Bracted Sedge (Carex radiata)

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May 29, 2023 02:39 PM EDT

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Great Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)

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May 29, 2023 02:48 PM EDT

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Great Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)

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May 29, 2023 02:50 PM EDT

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Celandine Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum)

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May 29, 2023 02:50 PM EDT

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Low Smartweed (Persicaria longiseta)

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May 29, 2023 02:51 PM EDT

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Prickly Lettuce (Lactuca serriola)

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May 29, 2023 02:52 PM EDT

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Fig-leaved Goosefoot (Chenopodium ficifolium)

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May 29, 2023 02:55 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 02:59 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:00 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:00 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:00 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:01 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:01 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:02 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:02 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:04 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:04 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:04 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:04 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:06 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:06 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:06 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:06 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:07 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:07 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:08 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:08 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:09 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:09 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:10 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:10 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:10 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:11 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:11 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:13 PM EDT

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Meadow Anemone (Anemonastrum canadense)

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May 29, 2023 03:19 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:20 PM EDT

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Green-and-Gold (Chrysogonum virginianum)

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May 29, 2023 03:21 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:21 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:22 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:22 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:23 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:23 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:23 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:24 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:24 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:25 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:26 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:26 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:28 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:28 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:29 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:32 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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May 29, 2023 03:33 PM EDT

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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susanhewitt

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May 29, 2023 03:34 PM EDT

Description

The flowering spike is visible here but it will be quite some before before the flowers come out.

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Broad-leafed Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

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susanhewitt

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May 29, 2023 03:34 PM EDT

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